Fabrice Goffin and Tommy Deblieck are the founders and current CEOs of ZoraBots, a Belgium-based company leading the way in creating interactive solutions for social robotics in the healthcare sector.
Fabrice Goffin and Tommy Deblieck, driven by the dream of creating their own R2D2 robot, created ZoraBots in 2007 to bring interactive abilities to the social humanoid robots appearing on the market. Their first exploration into this market was in the hotel sector in the Middle East where they explored smart device usage in luxury hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The mission of ZoraBots was to create a solution that was not only able to improve patient support but also be easy enough for robotics novices to use in an intuitive way. The Zora Solution was born to provide patients with an engaging friend to improve their time in healthcare facilities and assist healthcare staff with repetitive tasks.
ZoraBots partnered with Aldebaran, now SoftBank Robotics, to implement their NAO robot for two key use cases which would later go on to define how the Zora Solution would continue to evolve- assistive interactions for children and the elderly. In elderly care the Zora Solution assists with daily tasks and reminders as well as physical therapy exercises. For children the robotic solution was able to assist with motor functions and provide a welcome friend and distraction during simple procedures as well as special education learning. Today more than 35,000 people around the world have interacted with the ZoraBots solution.
In 2017, WIRED magazine and HP named ZoraBots one of the ten innovators building the hospital of the future. ZoraBots has a number of strategic partnerships to continue driving robotics interaction innovation including SoftBank Robotics, UBTech and Canbots.
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