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We do what we must because…

I’ve received a few queries asking about our status. Blog entries are typically posted frequently by their creators, so I am a bit overdue for an update. It’s not for lack of progress, but because of it. We have been so busy at Hoaloha that it has been hard to take a break, but let me try to bring you up to date. First, we did a major shift from our original strategy. Initially I had hoped to focus purely on the software development side of the solution for two reasons: 1) there seemed to be enough challenges here and 2) there appeared to be a number of companies already working on assistive care robots so it didn’t seem necessary to invest on the hardware side. You can read about some of them such as Robosoft, who participated with their robot Kompaï in the recently concluded Mobiserv project in Europe…

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Sailing through a perfect storm

In my last entry, I described what motivated me to leave Microsoft and start a new venture to develop software and services for assistive care robots. After reading it, a friend quibbled with my calling the impending needs of the growing senior population a “Silver Tsunami,” noting that a dramatic drop in the sea level usually serves notice that a tsunami is on the way.  He rightly pointed out that in the case of the growing assistive care arena, we’ve been granted no warning ebb: The costs of and demands for resources are just increasing. Considering that the number of available caregivers is decreasing, a more apt analogy for the impending elder care scenario might be “A Perfect Storm.” Our best hope to weather this challenge is to empower seniors to continue to live as independently as possible. Doing so makes a lot of sense. First, studies show that this is…

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I think I’ll try defying gravity

Hello and welcome to my blog. In my first few entries, I will share with you some of what motivated me to start Hoaloha Robotics and my personal vision for how this technology could be an important tool for our future. On November 4, 2009, after a successful career of 28 years of contributions at Microsoft, I officially resigned. It had been an exciting ride where I had an opportunity to start and participate in a number of projects. When I started there, IBM had just entered the PC market, creating a catalyst that would accelerate the already building momentum of the emerging PC industry. Over the past 6 years I have watched what seems to be history repeating itself with the emergence of personal robots, evolving like PCs did from the large, expensive, and not very personal industrial-strength machines.  Like personal robots are today, many of the early PC…

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