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Saturday 20 January 2018

Dublin Web Summit: Irish firm seals US deal for robot to assist the elderly

The 2012 Dublin Web Summit at the RDS
The 2012 Dublin Web Summit at the RDS
Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

CORK-BASED manufacturer PCH International has agreed a deal to produce a new consumer robot for an American firm.

The company has signed up with “Intuitive Automata” to design, manufacture, and ship “Autom”. Automata say the small robot is designed to aid the elderly in particular and can be used to help keep a person motivated or remind them to do things at a particular time.

The product launch was made at day two of the Dublin Web Summit, which concludes later today.

PCH chief executive Liam Casey said the deal had been signed as part of PCH’s “Accelerator” programme, which is used to get new products from small companies and entrepreneurs out quickly.

"PCH Accelerator brings the most innovative hardware products to market quickly and we believe these companies are the Fortune 500s of the future.

“We have been exploring the new consumer robotics market and have found a perfect opportunity in helping Intuitive Automata scale and bring Autom to market.

Automata chief executive Dr Cory Kidd said he was “excited” and “fortunate” to have done the deal with PCH.

The announcement was the early highlight of the second day at the summit, which has attracted around 4,000 people this year. Among the speakers today are AOL boss Tim Armstrong and Mike McCue, the founder of Flipboard, one of the most popular smartphone and tablet apps in the world.

The second in command at Beats by Dr Dre headphones, which have become ubiquitous in recent years, will also speak.

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