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ROBOSOFT and SRI International Demonstrate Innovative Eldercare Service Robot at Robobusiness 2009robuLAB10 Service Robot Enhanced With SRI's Karto Navigation Technology (April 10, 2009)
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/10/09 -- At Robobusiness 2009, ROBOSOFT and SRI International will demonstrate robuLAB10, a service robot designed to assist the elderly in their own homes. The robuLAB10 robot integrates SRI's Karto(TM) navigation software, enabling the robot to navigate, follow, and assist a person from room-to-room. The robuLAB10 robot is being designed for developers and integrators seeking to build home-centric service robots.
"The market for home-centric robots that provide assistance to the elderly is one of our priorities," says Vincent Dupourqué, CEO of ROBOSOFT. "We've chosen to equip this service robot with SRI's Karto localization technology. Beyond the technical quality of this software, we see the collaboration with SRI as a major plus for developing our activities in the US."
"A core requirement for any home-centric robot application is the ability to navigate interior spaces both safely and reliably," says Doug Bercow, director of business development at SRI. "We are very pleased that ROBOSOFT selected SRI's navigation software, which leverages existing navigation technologies that have been validated in military and transportation robotics and can easily transfer to robots for residential use."
Developed for domestic environments, the robuLAB10 robot, equipped with a voice interface allowing access to internet services, is a proof-of-concept demonstration. The next three-year phase will focus on developing a turnkey solution with relevant technology suppliers and partners, with the intention of large-scale deployment of such eldercare robots.
ROBOSOFT worked with SRI to integrate SRI's Karto navigation software on the robuBOX(TM), ROBOSOFT's robotic programming system that allows development of interfaces for making daily tasks transparent to users. The robuBOX, with Karto navigation software, is a complete and flexible set of service robotics programming solutions.
ROBOSOFT and SRI began their technical collaboration in 2008 with the goal of developing innovative commercial offerings in the growing home-centric service robot market.
The launching of the development of the robuBOX took place in 2006. Several robots equipped with preliminary versions of the robuBOX were already deployed: Estelle, the robot of tele-echography is in operation in 4 French hospitals, robuCAB, an automatic vehicle guided by GPS, as well as generic mobile platforms like the robuLAB10 for the assistance at home or the robuROC for safety.
The robuBOX, which allows the customers to build many solutions of advanced robotics, was developed and can be modified thanks to the environnement Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio (see http://www.microsoft.com/robotics).
SRI International's Karto(TM) (see http://kartorobotics.com) software development kit enables robotic solutions developers to integrate intelligent navigation, mapping and exploration capabilities into their mobile robot platforms. Since its release in 2007, Karto has been tested on more than twenty different robots and is compatible with more than a dozen laser sensors. The technology behind Karto is the result of over two decades R&D by SRI International and is exceedingly accurate for generating large area maps of up to 2000 square meters which are accurate to within one centimeter. Karto is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.
ROBOSOFT is the European leader in service robot solutions. With over 20 years of scientific and industrial expertise in this domain, ROBOSOFT has been supplying advanced robotics solutions in the transportation, security, cleaning, supervision, health and research industries since 1985.
Beyond professional applications, the era of personal robotics is approaching fast. ROBOSOFT believes that its service robots, called "robuters®," will be part of everyday life within the next five years. According to the Japan Robotics Association's predictions, the world market for service and personal robotics will reach 17 billion dollars by 2010. Robuters will make everybody's life easier in activities such as entertainment, education, culture, health, support for the elderly and the handicapped, etc. In order to make these applications a reality, ROBOSOFT already integrates 80% of programming complexity into its robuBOX, a module programmed using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (http://www.microsoft.com/robotics). robuBOX is already incorporated into the heart of ROBOSOFT robots, but can also be licensed to robotics integrators and manufacturers for mass production.
About SRI International
Silicon Valley-based SRI International (www.sri.com) is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. SRI, which was founded by Stanford University as Stanford Research Institute in 1946 and became independent in 1970, has been meeting the strategic needs of clients and partners for more than 60 years. Perhaps best known for its invention of the computer mouse and interactive computing, SRI has also been responsible for major advances in networking and communications, robotics, drug discovery and development, advanced materials, atmospheric research, education research, economic development, national security, and more. The nonprofit institute performs sponsored research and development for government agencies, businesses, and foundations. SRI also licenses its technologies, forms strategic alliances, and creates spin-off companies. In 2008, SRI's consolidated revenues, including its wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, Sarnoff Corporation, were approximately $490 million.
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