On January 4, 2022, a new company called Labrador Systems, Inc. announced its inaugural product that can provide home assistance – the Labrador Retriever. The robot can help people move heavy objects and put essential goods within easy reach.
Keep things handy
As its name suggests, the Labrador Retriever is very dog-like in that it can retrieve anything you need from its trays. Although it’s big and powerful, it’s also designed to fit in any home.
With its proprietary navigation system, as well as robotics and augmented reality algorithms, the robot can move around the house autonomously. Depending on the position of the user, he can park a few centimeters from a chair and automatically adjust his height to bring the goods closer to him.
The Labrador Retriever can carry up to 25 pounds of weight, with dispensing trays that can hold up to 10 pounds, and still navigate the nooks and crannies of a home with ease. The trays themselves can be placed on shelves, counters and other surfaces.
The robot assistant can be controlled via a variety of simple apps, such as a touchscreen, mobile phone app, speech (like an Alexa-enabled device), or by pressing a wireless button. It is also possible to program the Retriever to send objects on a certain schedule, which would serve as “physical reminders” to users.
Labrador Systems CEO Mike Dooley understands that people with limited abilities can find it difficult to get around even inside their homes, saying “a significant part of our society is massively underserved”. To remedy this, the Labrador Retriever aims to help people become more active and independent. To fully optimize the product, the company is also working with eldercare, home health, and physical therapy providers to see how the robot can help people.
The project is backed by Alexa Fund, Amazon’s venture capital firm that invests in pioneering entrepreneurs in ambient computing technology, and received a grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition, Labrador Systems plans to develop its ecosystem of products and services, such as the Labrador Caddy, which will serve as a basic model. The Retriever is also being tested with senior living communities, physical therapy clinics and home health agencies to see if it can help them achieve their goals. The Retriever can be found here if you want to learn more about how it can benefit your organization.
Pre-registration program and its benefits
For millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, injury or other health conditions that limit their daily activities. By the second half of 2023, Labrador Systems hopes to have complete production units of the Labrador Retriever accessible. The company has launched early reservations for the Retriever on its website to coincide with the robot’s debut.
According to the company, the domestic version of the Labrador Retriever will initially be offered by subscription. Pre-ordering will need to pay $1,500 upfront in addition to a monthly price ranging from $99 to $149 per month for 36 months, depending on the model and the amount of customer credit they have. Customers who register on the website for an early booking and who have provided a refundable deposit will also be eligible for special prices.
YouTube: Presentation of the robot Labrador Retriever at CES 2022
Photo credit: The images used are the property of Labrador Systems and have been provided for the use of the press.
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