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GeckoSystems Recaps Robotics Joint Venture Discussions During Japan Trip
CONYERS, Ga., June 7, 2016 -- GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (Pink Sheets: GOSY | http://www.geckosystems.com/) announced today that their CEO, Martin Spencer, had returned from a surprisingly successful two-week business trip to Japan. For over eighteen years GeckoSystems has dedicated itself to development of "AI Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service(tm)."
Prior to going to Japan, two long time Japanese partners, iXs, Ltd., (iXs) and Fubright Communications Corp. (FCC), demonstrated the company’s BaseBot(tm) mobile robot known as “Lou” to IC Corp., Ltd. (ICCL) senior management.
While in Japan, GeckoSystems’ CEO met with:
Messrs. Takeski Nabeta, President, and Shinobu Trauchi, Director, of ICCL to discuss and sign a JV agreement. Prior to the meeting their president stated, "We are very much looking forward to meet with Mr. Spencer and discuss the large Japanese market for 'welfare robots.'"
Mr. Shunji Iyama, CEO, FCC, to discuss JV artificial intelligence synergies regarding eldercare capable personal robots.
Messrs. Akhiro Suzuki, CEO, and Akiyoshi Ohnishi, Manager, LIFE Corp. to discuss JV robotic healthcare opportunities vis a’ vis SafePath(tm).
Mr. Tsunenori Kato, President/CEO, Ifoo Company Ltd., to discuss JV for “welfare” (caregiving) robots.
Mistresses Hisae Uchiyama, Tomoko Itaya, and Yuri Yamada, Deputy Director, and Mr. Hidenori Kato, Business Advisor, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), to discuss JETRO assistance for foreign businesses wishing to joint venture with Japanese companies.
Messrs. Hieaki Oshima, Assistant Manager, Electronic Materials Division; Kazuyoshi Uetake, General Manager, Electronic Materials Division; and Masakazu Hasegawa, General Manager, Electronic Component Materials Dept., KISCO Ltd. to discuss Worst Case Execution Time (WCET or “reflex” time), self-driving car Field of View (FOV) requirements for safety, and the “three legged milk stool” requirements for viable, practical home robots.
GeckoSystems’ CEO traveled to Japan for two weeks to sign one or more AI software licensing deals as a result of their long time Japanese agent’s (Mr. Fujii Katsuji) representation in Japan. The increased interest from Japan in the company’s AI mobile robot solutions is due, in part, to the translation of the Company’s WCET white paper from English to Japanese late last year by Dr. Ru Wang, a physicist. That paper explains the importance of GeckoSystems' breakthrough, proprietary, and exclusive AI software and why this premier Japanese robotics company, ICCL, and others desire to enter a contractual joint venture relationship with GeckoSystems.
“Certainly I am pleased with my second trip to Japan in the last eighteen months. Not only did I strengthen existing relationships and develop two new, strategic ones, but consummated one significant licensing agreement, to be followed by more in the coming days and weeks,” reflected Martin Spencer, CEO, GeckoSystems Intl. Corp.
GeckoSystems has had their safety clause Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with iXs Research Corp. since April of 2013 and with Fubright Communications, Ltd. since April of 2015. IC Corp. Ltd. has been under NDA since December of 2015.
The Japanese government is very concerned about their “Silver Tsunami.” At this time, there are approximately 2,200,000 million Japanese over 65 living alone. Their greatest fear is to die alone and that their demise not be known to others for a few days. For this reason and many others, the Japanese government pays 90% of the cost of personal robots used for eldercare such that concern would be well addressed. Consequently, the Japanese government is paying 75% of the R&D costs to develop robotic healthcare solutions for greater productivity to provide more economic care giving for their extraordinarily large senior population. This recent article further underscores Japan's commitment to eldercare capable, 'welfare' robots: "Japan govt to urge nursing care robot development" http://tinyurl.com/oehxdba
In order for any companion robot to be utilitarian for family care, it must be a "three legged milk stool." For any mobile robot to move in close proximity to humans, it must have:
(1) Human quick reflex time to avoid moving and/or unmapped obstacles, (GeckoNav(tm): http://tinyurl.com/le8a39r) (See the importance of WCET discussion below.)
(3) Ability to automatically find and follow designated parties (GeckoTrak(tm): http://tinyurl.com/mton9uh) such that verbal interaction can occur routinely with video and audio monitoring of the care receiver uninterrupted.
Spencer recently met with local representatives of the Japan Export Trade Organization (JETRO) in Atlanta, GA. JETRO was founded in 1951 by the Japanese government to facilitate international trade with Japan. As a result of that meeting, Messrs. Nabeta, Fujii and Spencer met with JETRO representatives in Tokyo on Tuesday May 31st to discuss the JETRO subsidies available for Japanese eldercare robot product development.
"This latest JV continues to progress robustly, such that GeckoSystems will enjoy additional licensing revenues that will enable us to increase shareholder value. After many years of patience by our current 1300+ stockholders, they can continue to be completely confident that this new, multi-million-dollar licensing agreement signed while I was in Japan further substantiates and delineates the reality that GeckoSystems will continue to enjoy additional licensing revenues increasing shareholder value," concluded Spencer.
The safety requirement for human quick WCET reflex time in all forms of mobile robots:
In order to understand the importance of GeckoSystems' breakthrough, proprietary, and exclusive AI software and why another Japanese robotics company desires a business relationship with GeckoSystems, it’s key to acknowledge some basic realities for all forms of automatic, non-human intervention, vehicular locomotion and steering.
- Laws of Physics such as Conservation of Energy, inertia, and momentum, limit a vehicle’s ability to stop or maneuver. If, for instance, a car’s braking system design cannot generate enough friction for a given road surface to stop the car in 100 feet after brake application, that’s a real limitation. If a car cannot corner at more than .9g due to a combination of suspension design and road conditions, that, also, is reality. Regardless how talented a NASCAR driver may be, if his race car is inadequate, he’s not going to win races.
- At the same time, if a car driver (or pilot) is tired, drugged, distracted, etc. their reflex time becomes too slow to react in a timely fashion to unexpected direction changes of moving obstacles, or the sudden appearance of fixed obstacles. Many car "accidents" result from drunk driving due to reflex time and/or judgment impairment. Average reflex time takes between 150 & 300ms. http://tinyurl.com/nsrx75n
- In robotic systems, "human reflex time" is known as Worst Case Execution Time (WCET). Historically, in computer systems engineering, WCET of a computational task is the maximum length of time the task could take to execute on a specific hardware platform. In big data, this is the time to load up the data to be processed, processed, and then outputted into useful distillations, summaries, or common sense insights. GeckoSystems' basic AI self-guidance navigation system processes 147 megabytes of data per second using low cost, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Single Board Computers (SBC's).
- Highly trained and skilled jet fighter pilots have a reflex time (WCET) of less than 120ms. Their "eye to hand" coordination time is a fundamental criterion for them to be successful jet fighter pilots. The same holds true for all high performance forms of transportation that are sufficiently pushing the limits of the Laws of Physics to require the quickest possible reaction time for safe human control and/or usage.
- GeckoSystems' WCET is less than 100ms, or as quick, or quicker than most gifted jet fighter pilots, NASCAR race car drivers, etc. while using low cost COTS and SBC's
- In mobile robotic guidance systems, WCET has 3 fundamental components.
- Sufficient Field of View (FOV) with appropriate granularity, accuracy, and update rate.
- Rapid processing of that contextual data such that common sense responses are generated.
- Timely physical execution of those common sense responses.
GeckoSystems has been developing innovative robotic technologies for fifteen years. It is CEO Martin Spencer's dream to make people's lives better through robotic technology.
An overview of GeckoSystems' progress containing over 700 pictures and 120 videos can be found at http://www.geckosystems.com/timeline/.
These videos illustrate the development of the technology that makes GeckoSystems a world leader in Service Robotics development. Early CareBot prototypes were slower and frequently pivoted in order to avoid a static or dynamic obstacle; later prototypes avoided obstacles without pivoting. Current CareBots avoid obstacles with a graceful “bicycle smooth” motion. The latest videos also depict the CareBot's ability to automatically go faster or slower depending on the amount of clutter (number of obstacles) within its field of view. This is especially important when avoiding moving obstacles in “loose crowd“ situations like a mall or an exhibit area.
In addition to the timeline videos, GeckoSystems has numerous YouTube videos. The most popular of which are the ones showing room-to-room automatic self-navigation of the CareBot through narrow doorways and a hallway of an old 1954 home. You will see the CareBot slow down when going through the doorways because of their narrow width and then speed up as it goes across the relatively open kitchen area. There are also videos of the SafePath(tm) wheelchair, which is a migration of the CareBot AI centric navigation system to a standard power wheelchair, and recently developed cost effective depth cameras were used in this recent configuration. SafePath(tm) navigation is now available to OEM licensees and these videos show the versatility of GeckoSystems' fully autonomous navigation solution.
GeckoSystems, Star Wars Technology
The company has successfully completed an Alpha trial of its CareBot personal assistance robot for the elderly. It was tested in a home care setting and received enthusiastic support from both caregivers and care receivers. The company believes that the CareBot will increase the safety and well being of its elderly charges while decreasing stress on the caregiver and the family.
GeckoSystems is preparing for Beta testing of the CareBot prior to full-scale production and marketing. CareBot has recently incorporated Microsoft Kinect depth cameras that result in a significant cost reduction.
Kinect Enabled Personal Robot video:
Above, the CareBot demonstrates static and dynamic obstacle avoidance as it backs in and out of a narrow and cluttered alley. There is no joystick control or programmed path; movements are smoother that those achieved using a joystick control. GeckoNav creates three low levels of obstacle avoidance: reactive, proactive, and contemplative. Subsumptive AI behavior within GeckoNav enables the CareBot to reach its target destination after engaging in obstacle avoidance.
More information on the CareBot personal assistance robot:
GeckoSystems stock is quoted in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) markets under the ticker symbol GOSY. http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/GOSY/quote
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