Back at CES 2020, Labrador Systems was there to show off a home called the Retriever.robotEarlier version of the system.After that, the company started rolling out prototypes to selected users. At this week’s show, we’ll see the results of these early tests, which are actually a more refined version of the two-year-old version, but based on essentially the same principles. It resembles a Robotic bar cart to assist elderly users and those with limited mobility.
Elderly care has been a big business in robotics in Japan due to an aging population. In the U.S., Retriever is one of the best examples yet of a U.S. company building a robot specifically to assist people. The product is primarily aimed at those who can afford to live independently, but could benefit from an additional robot.
The system is capable of carrying up to 25 pounds and can be used to transport clothing, meals and other payloads around the house. It has a retractable tray system to move items from counters, shelves and custom coolers to the cart.Beneath this is an additional storage space for items such as food and medicine, and a forink=”1″ href=”http://c.duomai.com/track.php?site_id=242986&euid=&t=http://shouji.jd.com/” _fcksavedurl=”http://c.duomai. com/track.php?site_id=242986&euid=&t=http://shouji.jd.com/” target=”_blank” style=”box-sizing: border-box; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s; margin: 0px ; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px 0px 1px; border-top-style: initial; border-right-style: initial; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: initial; border-top-color : initial; border-right-color: initial; border-bottom-color: rgb(0, 51, 102); border-left-color: initial; border-image: initial; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 51, 102); text-decoration-line: none;”>cell phonecharging port.
The system will also be voice-controlled via Alexa, and the Amazon Alexa Fund is one of the company’s backers. Commercial sales are planned in the second half of next year, with different price points according to different functions. Early adopters can get a Retriever unit for $1,500 upfront, plus a monthly service fee of $99 to $149, depending on financing.
The company also used the opportunity to announce a $3.1 million seed round co-led by Alexa Fund and iRobot Ventures. The funding will be used to increase the number of engineering staff and accelerate production.