3Spheres™ Robotics Project redefines Collaboration

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JDQ Systems has joined with BCIT faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Business Operations Management, and the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), in a partnership to design a 3Spheres Collaborative Service Robot, using existing and new technology, by June 2018.  JDQ’s award-winning 3Spheres of Reciprocity initiative has proven to be a successful model for exploring new ideas to fuel evolution; helping our community thrive and prosper; and growing and sustaining our own wealth.

Designing and developing a robot that can collaborate with a human being to learn and practice new abilities will require some unique technical knowledge and skills, including:

  • Pattern recognition (perfect and fuzzy) of faces, shapes, position, colours and images
  • Safe and unbiased behaviour with humans
  • Personality, natural language and gestures to facilitate and encourage communication,  collaboration and learning
  • Application and improvement of “acceptance criterial” for pass/fail decision making
  • Sensing environmental conditions for mobility (navigation and obstacle avoidance) and  task collaboration,
  • Workplace and social ethics

A 3Spheres robot with the above characteristics will also be well suited for industrial quality, environmental and safety management tasks in industrial environment.

According to Brent Dunn, Associate Dean, Mechanical Engineering at BCIT,“This project will create practical learning opportunities for BCIT’s students and faculty, provide innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the healthcare sector, and ultimately produce new, commercially relevant technology products and applications.”

JDQ brings 20 years of cutting-edge, custom software application experience to the table.  Reflecting on the challenges ahead, Jon Morris, President of JDQ Systems says: “Over the years JDQ has crafted repeatable business processes for designing and developing unique technology solutions for businesses and non-profits.  This is just the next step in our evolution, driven by yet another wave of smarter, faster and smaller technology.”

“With our experience and knowledge of human development and intelligence,” says Alanna Hendren, DDA Executive Director, “DDA is in a unique position to simultaneously serve our clients better and accelerate the practical development of robot artificial intelligence and collaboration in the healthcare field.”

The 3Spheres Robotics Project consortium is interested in engaging new partners that can contribute to the project in a meaningful way.  Please contact Jon Morris, jonm@jdq.com or 604.876.1422 for more information.


About 3Spheres of Reciprocity

3Spheres is a philosophy and model for healthy, optimal, and successful community engagement. It is a paradigm for social responsibility and cooperative relationships grown from the fundamental understanding that we can all thrive by participating simultaneously in the spheres of Helping, Learning and Profiting. Ultimately, it is a model for other small and medium sized businesses to share best practices with each other and the community. JDQ’s 3Spheres of Reciprocity initiative was established in 2006. www.jdq.com

About Developmental Disabilities Association

Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) is a non-profit association which supports children and adults with developmental disabilities, enabling them to realize their full potential through new opportunities, personal choice, and community involvement.  www.develop.bc.ca

About BCIT

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is one of the largest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and Canada’s leading polytechnic institute, with more than 48,000 full and part-time students pursuing a variety of polytechnic degrees, diplomas and certificates.  www.bcit.ca



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