Service Robot to Aid Japanese Elderly
CareBot is set to bring safety and wellbeing to the elderly, relieving stress on the family care giving
By Robotics Trends' News Sources - Filed Apr 26, 2012

TMCnet—GeckoSystems has recently been working on the release of their new CareBot personal assistance robot, which helps elderly in Japan with most of their daily tasks. Japan recently hit 47,756 in their population of elderly citizens 100 or older.

According to GeckoSystems, their CareBot is set to bring safety and wellbeing to the elderly worldwide, relieving stress on the care giving family and government welfare institutions. Company officials said they have finished Alpha trials and are now testing in-home care settings. The company received enthusiastic support from both caregivers and care receivers.

GeckoSystems claims that the new CareBot is perfect for the Personal Assistance market that includes care for children, chronically ill and the elderly. The machine features multiple layers of safety precautions. Safeguards are enabled in three ways: mechanical, electronic and using AI computer software.

The robot works soundly to not tip over, as 70 percent of its weight is less than eight inches above the floor and sits low between large, ten-inch diameter wheels. The wheels are wide and soft enough such that if the robot did go over a child's arm, it would do little to no harm.

The company has built the new robot CareBot out of steel, aluminum, plastic and electronics, but with up to 20 times the amount of software running. It has an aluminum frame, plastic shroud, two independently driven wheels, multiple sensor systems, microprocessors and several onboard computers connected by a local area network (LAN). Microprocessors directly interact with the sensor systems and transmit data to the onboard computers.

GeckoSystems also plans a full-scale production and marketing of CareBot, only after it completes Beta testing. The CareBot recently incorporated Microsoft (News - Alert) Kinect depth cameras, allowing for a significant cost reduction.

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