Read the latest SILVER Newsletter to learn about the Phase 2 lab demonstrations in Odense and what the procurers learnt. We also tell about the SILVER Decision panel meeting and share its results. Furthermore, we present you LEA care robot and the ambitious expectations of its creator, Robot Care Systems. We will also invite you to the SILVER workshops which are held during the spring and summer of 2016. To read the SILVER Newsletter, follow this link.
LEA robot by Robot Care Systems is the first mobile personal assistant which is designed to enable the elderly to live independently at home. LEA can offer help with daily routines and housekeeping. It also stimulates the elderly to stay active and can act as a personal trainer – or even as a dancing partner. Because of these functionalities, LEA can be used also for rehabilitation. Furthermore, in Phase 3, cognitive software will be added in order to enable LEA to remember and recognize objects, faces and places, for example. To read full summary of LEA, please follow this link.
SILVER consortium has been very pleased to learn, that there has been wide interest towards LEA and it has already succeeded in several innovation competitions. Robot Care Systems has been shortlisted for a Shell Innovation Award and has been audited and found suitable to receive Innovation Credit from FCO Netherlands. Futhermore, Rabobank has shortlisted Robot Care Systems for the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award. The shortlisting also comes with the opportunity to have a video about Robot Care Systems and LEA produced and publicised.
During the latest SILVER assessment panel held on August 20th in London, the Phase 3 tenders were evaluated. The panel decided to award a contract to Robot Care Systems (formerly Lerovis) with LEA (formerly Lecorob). From the three Phase 2 prototypes – Helping Hand, Lecorob and Iron Arm – only the last two met the competition’s minimum criteria and were allowed to enter the third phase of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement process. Out of the two, only LEA met the minimum threshold in the Phase 3 competition and was invited to sign a contract for the real-life testing of their solution in the SILVER municipalities. The aim of these tests is to check how the prototypes developed in Phase 2 actually perform in real-world conditions.
SILVER consortium gathered in Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark for the Phase 2 tests on 15th–17th April 2015. During the three-day lab-demonstrations the prototypes of Lecorob, Helping Hand and Iron Arm were reviewed regarding safety by the SILVER consortium and the healthcare experts. The aim was to ensure that the prototypes are safe enough to be tested with end-users during the following week. During these extensive safety and usability tests the prototypes were evaluated comprehensively and the contractors received detailed feedback. External experts together with the SILVER consortium procurers will assess the phase 3 applications and decide who the winning contractors will be in August 2015.