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January 18, 2011

GeckoImager Retrofits Collision Proof Electric Wheelchairs

According to a recent announcement made by GeckoSystems Intl. Corp., its recent invention GeckoImager, in concert with their proprietary "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service," enables cost effective retrofitting of electric wheelchairs to be "collision proof."

GeckoSystems is a provider in the emerging mobile robotics industry, contributing to the revolution of their development and usage."The 'collision proof' retrofit kit we are presently developing may be added to most joystick operated electric wheelchairs,” said Martin Spencer, president/CEO, GeckoSystems, in a statement.

“The wheelchair occupant would simply move the joystick in the direction they wish to go and GeckoNav -- in concert with multiple GeckoSavants — would automatically seek that desired direction while avoiding any and all obstacles whether stationary or moving. We expect the cost to the end user, completely installed, to be only a few thousand dollars for this heightened level of safety for not only the occupant of the wheelchair, but also those persons around them," he added.

Recently, GeckoSystems announced that its GeckoImager uses sensor fusion incorporating structured light machine vision and sonar range finding to complement GeckoOrient's solid-state compass, accelerometer, and odometry sensor fusion.

As a result, AI software, GeckoNav, gets sufficient and timely data to achieve actionable situation awareness and a resulting very safe loose crowd level of autonomy to be "collision proof.""The amount of data that the new GeckoImager provides is far greater then what can reasonably be collected with fixed sensors and at a much lower cost than scanning laser range finding systems that are frequently used,” said Kevin O'Connor, sr. EE roboticist, research and development, GeckoSystems, in a statement.

He added, “Our new GeckoImager sensor fusion system not only provides timely and actionable situation awareness information sufficient for our AI navigation software, GeckoNav, but also satisfies those requirements at a much lower cost, in both dollars and power."

"Our ongoing world's first in home elder care robot trials have garnered many inquiries for us regarding our business model, technologies available for licensing, and interest in joint domestic and international ventures. Our GeckoImager breakthrough enables some near term business-to-business niche retrofit markets such as a 'collision proof' electric wheelchair. While we continue to expect technology-licensing revenues to precede revenues from product manufacturing and sales, this new B2B opportunity will be carefully reviewed for near term benefits. This augurs well for increased ROI and shareholder value for our nearly 1400 investors," said Spencer.


Rahul Arora is a RobotXworld contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee



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