Investors: Press Release
GeckoSystems Improves Sensor Fusion Due to Elder Care Robot Trials
CONYERS, Ga., Sept. 10, 2010 -- GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO) -- announced today that they have enhanced the benefit of owning one of their personal companion, telepresence capable mobile robots with improvements in several of their proprietary technologies as a result of their groundbreaking in home elder care robot trials begun late last fall.
GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging Mobile Service Robot (MSR) industry revolutionizing their development and usage with their "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security, and Service™."
"In the last few months we have improved GeckoNav™ to be more confident while automatically self navigating in tight areas and more sprightly and attentive in its following a designated care receiver using GeckoTrak™. We have added more sensor fusion by way of the GeckoSPIO™. The newly added sensor fusion includes four new long-range IR range finders intelligently merged with sonar, simple spoke proximity detectors, and dead reckoning. We have decreased the locomotion system's acceleration time to speed in the GeckoMotorController™.
"The GeckoSuper™ now has more 'common sense' to allow the full benefit of these changes to be actionable and beneficial situation awareness. In summary, due to the robustness of our GeckoSavant™ architecture, we have readily 'tuned' the emergent beneficial behaviors for our CareBot as it goes about enabling the care giver to 'take care of' grandma while doing other daily tasks," observed Martin Spencer, President/CEO, GeckoSystems.
The GeckoSuper is the GeckoSavant responsible for system-wide orchestrated "common sense." For example, given two or more inputs, GeckoSuper can determine the order in which these inputs need to be addressed. GeckoNav is the AI software guidance system for the CareBot that provides automatic self-navigation without human intervention. GeckoTrak is the AI software system using sensor fusion that delivers a goal to GeckoNav by way of the GeckoSuper to seek.
Last year, GeckoSystems' sensor fusion technologies were favorably reviewed and discussed in Frost & Sullivan's market research report entitled, "Developments in Sensor Fusion" (Technical Insights).
At that time, Spencer stated: "GeckoSystems has been a top pioneer in the field of sensor fusion technology. We were extremely pleased to learn 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 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™, GeckoOrient™, etc. 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.
"We continue to make progress in demonstrating and improving the cost effective benefit of our telepresence capable CareBots for the caregiver and care receiver. We are securing contract manufacturing for further expansion of our ongoing elder care robot trials and for pent up demand. We continue to pursue domestic and international licensing of our suite of technologies. We wish to provide a preponderance of evidence that we have a cost effective, utilitarian mobile service robot, the CareBot, as our first product. This is for increased ROI for our nearly 1400 investors," concluded Spencer.