After a decade of research and development, KOMPAÏ Robotics today announced the availability of its Kompaï robot, which is designed to provide assistance in hospitals and nursing homes. The Biarritz, France-company said the robot’s hardware and ROS-based software are intended to be easy for facilities to adopt and customize.
KOMPAÏ Robotics is a startup in the Basque region of France, and it was created in 2016 from some of the assets of Robosoft. Robosoft Consulting continues to provide engineering services such as developing proofs of concept and commercialization.
KOMPAÏ Robotics designs for multiple functions
The Kompaï mobile robot can store and share medical data, help patients with mobility, and provide entertainment and social engagement to older people, according to KOMPAÏ Robotics.
The company developed the Mario service robot for healthcare settings with support from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (EC-H2020) program. EC-H2020 provides funding to advance European robotics in multiple industries.
Several focus groups provided feedback on the robot’s shape, dimensions, and slightly humanoid appearance, said KOMPAÏ Robotics. Its modular design enables it to perform tasks including security surveillance, guiding people through facilities, entertaining individuals and groups, transporting small items, and more.
The company said it expects its robot to have a lifespan in business-to-business use of up to 10 years. The latest model, the Kompaï-3, was tested last year.
“The Kompaï robot is unique … because it was designed with health organizations and only for them,” stated Vincent Dupourqué, founder and CEO of KOMPAÏ. “We think it will become the reference robot in the healthcare field, among other things, thanks to its patented patient mobility assistance capability, but also by the modular design, which allows it to be used for many repetitive tasks or those presenting a risk to the caregiver.”
“To facilitate its deployment, we have also set up a support program for healthcare organizations willing to start integrating robotics into their daily operational processes,” he added.