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Door manufacturers as well as organizations active in promoting accessibility are sought to bring to market a small robotic Door Opener activated through a smart phone - providing simple access for handicap/wheelchair bound, elderly and others (BOIL20170711002)


 ISRAEL

Business partnering opportunity 
Created: 11/07/2017
Last updated: 21/07/2017
Fecha límite: 21/07/2018

Resumen

The intelligent Door Opener robot was developed by an Israeli SME dedicated to help the handicapped with innovative solutions for accessibility. The robot attaches to the bottom of the door and is operated through a free phone application, enabling a simple and safe way to open the door. Partners, both door manufacturers and organizations active in promoting accessibility, are sought to bring the product to the market, possibly through a distribution, manufacturing or licensing agreement.


Partnership(s) sought

  • License agreement Manufacturing agreement Distribution services agreement

Descripción completa

Developed by an Israeli R&D company engaged in finding solutions for the handicapped, the small independent robotic system enables people with a disability or the elderly to open self-closing entrance doors through a mobile application/remote control. It provides an answer to the real necessity of the handicapped population, as well as to the pressing need created by both legislature requiring accessibility of public buildings and the growing elderly population. The company works closely with an NGO dedicated to finding individual solutions for varied patients’ needs, providing marketable solutions to serve the wider handicapped population.
The robot (141x358x231mm), operated through a free phone application or remote control, simply attaches to the bottom of the door with double sided adhesive strips, without the need for technical experience or special equipment (no professional installation required). It does not require any changes to be made to the door or the crossbar, nor changes to the electrical infrastructure. The robot is run by rechargeable batteries (supplied with charger) that deliver sufficient power for many weeks.
The Door Opener is compatible with the vast majority of both external and internal doors, both with and without hydraulic or spring door closing mechanisms. The robot simply, safely and quietly opens the door, enabling easy access - waiting until the opening is clear before closing the door back automatically.
The Door Opener robot and smart phone application provides a much needed solution for accessibility in buildings where this requirement was not taken into consideration during the initial planning and construction. As no electrical connection is needed, and there is no need to replace either the door or doorframe, the solution can be easily installed without the need for expensive renovations.
Today, accessibility is required by law in the majority of public as well as many private buildings, and all too many doors do not meet the standard requirements. The robot provides and easy and inexpensive solution, unlike other available options.
The developers are seeking door manufacturers for strategic partnerships, to include the robot as an add-on to the doors they sell and install.
Connections with organizations promoting accessibility and the rights of the disabled and the elderly are sought to promote the use of the robot in key prominent public buildings so as to promote its use.
Distributors with access to these markets are sought as well for strategic partnership to help build the international marketing strategy, and to partner with the R&D company in selling and supporting the robot.
As the R&D company would like to concentrate on developing additional solutions, it is open to a variety of international cooperation, from strategic partnerships to licensing agreements, in order to quickly and efficiently bring the product to market.


Socio buscado:

- Type of partner sought: The company is looking for partners either from the door manufacturing or marketing sectors to promote the robot as an add-on to their doors, or for organizations that promote accessibility and the rights of the disabled and the elderly to promote the use of the robot in key prominent public buildings so as to promote its use. Distributors with access to these markets are sought as well for strategic partnership to help build the international marketing strategy, and to partner with the R&D company in selling and supporting the robot.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The developers are seeking door manufacturers for strategic partnerships, to include the robot as an add-on to the doors they sell and install.
Connections with organizations promoting accessibility and the rights of the disabled and the elderly are sought to promote the use of the robot in key prominent public buildings so as to promote its use.
Distributors with access to these markets are sought as well for strategic partnership to help build the international marketing strategy, and to partner with the R&D company in selling and supporting the robot.

Possible partnerships could be a distribution, manufacturing, or licensing agreements; with the possibility to explore additional mechanisms.


Advantages & innovations:

The Door Opener provides a much needed solution for public buildings as well as private offices and homes that are either required by law or needed by their residents to provide a door opening mechanism.
With users equipped with the phone application, they are easily able to identify the robot on the bottom of the door (by clicking on “open” on the APP they see all doors in the area equipped with the Door Opener and chose what door to open), and have easy access and entry to the building/room. If they do not already have the application, the QR code displayed on the Door Opener will allow them to quickly download the APP.
The robot is simple to install and does not require any electrical wiring (it is operated by a rechargeable battery), or renovations to the door, making it an easy to use solution for almost any door, external or internal. Consisting of an electric drive mechanism with two DC brush motors, it needs only a simple initial calibration making the system fully customizable to the needs and the type of door. The advanced control system allows for minimal power consumption and long battery life between charges. BLE communication protocol is used for to assure security, low power consumption and reliability.
When the system is not engaged, the drive pulley is disconnected from the ground and the unit does not interface with the normal movement of the door, preventing erosion and system wear.
The system is equipped with a smart safety mechanism to prevent injury to the user and/or passers-by with an electronic protection mechanism that immediately stops the progression of the door when the driving pulley encounters any obstacle, and a warning beep when opening/closing the door.
Unlike other systems, the Door Opener does not require installation, changing the door structure, door frame and electrical work - that make the other solutions very costly. And unlike the other solutions, the Door Opener is both portable and removable.


Development Stage:

Available for demonstration - The product is already available for demonstration, and is being prepared for serial manufacture. Based on the partnership found, manufacturing options will be decided.


IPR:

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

Clasificado como: Construcción \ Medicine and Health


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