The new role of "Mechatronics" in the 21st century is to develop the robots in new category, supporting people directly. Many prototypes of robots for medical and welfare applications have been developed. But much less numbers of those robots are introduced as final product to the market because of technical problem. The concept of healthcare partner robot is derived from the market analysis in the working group to make business plan, and several contacts to potential users and related officers of cooperating municipalities/institutes in a few countries. It explains the configuration of healthcare partner robot system and expected main functions, target a range of potential users, an acceptable cost, and an example of business model with related development strategies. The chapter provides the basic analysis of the healthcare service market and proposes the expected main features and an example of business model of healthcare partner robot according to the market demand.
|Title of host publication||Mechatronics for Safety, Security and Dependability in a New Era|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
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