The robot Kompaï helps older, dependent or disabled people to live independently at home for as long as possible. Kompaï was designed to accommodate in particular people suffering from cognitive decline. People can be safe at home and stay in permanent connection to the outside world due to internet access and dedicated applications in Kompaï.
Kompaï has been developed by the French company Robosoft. EU's AAL Joint Programme funded the DOMEO project to design the first generation of Kompaï and have it tested by potential users. The robot recently received the Worldwide Innovation Challenge award launched by the French Government.
After extensive trials, Robosoft will be taking the prototype into production in 2017. The goal for 2020 is to produce 10.000 units a year at the selling price of €5.000. The company is also planning to enter the Far East market soon, as the demand is particularly strong there. Robosoft estimates the total market for the first generation of cognitive assistive robotics at 2,8 million units for Europe, 1,7 million for the USA and 1 million for Japan.
The present challenge for Robosoft is to better understand the fledgling market and to build a matching business model. A single stand-alone robot is of little use. It has to be incorporated into an eco-system, which can be very complex in the case of frail people. Over the next two years, Robosoft will be engaging in large-scale deployments (such as the EU-funded project Mario) in order to come up with the right offer. This engagement will help assess the expectations of the market better and collect user feedback(end-users and other actors in the eco-system such as doctors, carers, coaches, insurers and public authorities).