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GeckoSystems Employs Sensor Fusion in Elder Care Robot Trials
Sensor data from many sources and different modalities “fused” to provide advanced sensing and perception.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Jan 21, 2010

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Developer of mobile service robots systems employs proprietary sensor fusion technology in CoreBot personal companion home care robot, currently undergoing in-home trials.

GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO) announced that their suite of sensor fusion technologies is instrumental in their ongoing world’s first in home personal companion robot trials for elder care. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging mobile robotics industry revolutionizing their development and usage with “Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service™.”

“We use multiple layers of sensors and sensor systems to achieve what some describe as ‘actionable situational awareness.’ For example our CareBots™ are capable of powering down unnecessary systems to lengthen battery life while grandma sleeps, and then power back up automatically should she, for example get out of her bed in the middle of the night. The CareBot ‘watches over’ the care receiver using a scientifically developed fusion of sonar, active infrared, passive infrared, etc. to enable the CareBot to be aware of the care receiver’s movements such that GeckoTrak™ can guide GeckoNav™ to stay proximate to grandma such that GeckoChat™ can have verbal interaction with her. The GeckoSuper™ then determines whether and/or when to automatically notify the caregiver that grandma is ‘up and about at 2:30A’ and may need the care giver to look in personally, either over the video camera, or with a physical visit,” stated Martin Spencer, President/CEO of GeckoSystems.

“GeckoSystems has been a top pioneer in the field of low cost sensor fusion technology. We were extremely pleased to learn last year from Frost & Sullivan’s report that our internally developed sensor fusion technologies have application in many significant markets other than the mobile service robot marketplace. These important insights will allow us to license our proprietary sensor fusion technologies to many firms outside of the emerging mobile robotics industry and increase ROI for our investors.”

According to Wikipedia: “Sensor fusion is the combining of sensory data or data derived from sensory data from disparate sources such that the resulting information is in some sense better than would be possible when these sources were used individually.”
Everyday we use “sensor fusion” in our routine activities. For example, we smell smoke and then look for a grayish cloud to determine the source of the smoke, its proximity, and consequent degree of danger to us. In noisy crowds when we talk with someone, we use lip reading to enable us to understand what we don’t hear clearly. Humans use sensor fusion every day to make choices based on data that is interdependent, or incomplete, versus using only one of our five senses. The better, more robust and disparate the sensor fusion, the better the choices and the more “actionable” the “situation awareness” is.

GeckoSystems employs proprietary sensor fusion technologies not only in its flagship automatic self-navigation software, GeckoNav, but also in GeckoTrak, the GeckoSPIO™, and GeckoOrient™. GeckoTrak uses advanced sensor fusion to merge machine vision, passive infrared, and sonar to identify and/or locate the person of interest such that GeckoTrak can inform GeckoNav automatically as to the whereabouts of the designated person for continuous proximate monitoring. The GeckoSPIO, a sensor/power input/output mobile robot controller board, enables faster, more graceful self-navigation through loose crowds of moving people as in airport, bus, and train terminals, shopping centers and other public areas. GeckoOrient automatically and intelligently merges sensor data from odometry (dead reckoning), a solid-state compass and accelerometer based gyroscopes (IMU’s) for enhanced orientation accuracy while errand running, patrolling, or following a designated person.

GeckoSystems Intl. Corp.
P:  866-227-3268

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