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DANBURY, CT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 9, 1996--HelpMate Robotics Inc. (NASDAQ: HELPU, HELP, HELPW) announced today that its current backlog of rental orders has increased from the nine reported in its prospectus dated January 31, 1996 to seventeen with a potential to increase annual rental income by $500,000. The Company's backlog stands at $760,000 in purchase orders for its HelpMate(R) robots and is expected to increase as orders are pending.

"The Company is quite pleased with the progress it has made in the past two months since completing its initial public offering," said Joseph F. Engelberger, Chairman of the Board of HelpMate Robotics Inc. (HRI). "We have doubled our sales force and will be adding and training additional sales and service staff in the near future. We expect our backlog of orders to purchase and rent HelpMate robots to increase accordingly. Health care facilities that have seen our product are quite enthusiastic about its cost-saving features and guarantee of no risk."

"We are also working with our distributors/licensees outside of North America," said Engelberger. "In the Orient, we have Yaskawa Electric Corporation, which is also one of Japan's largest manufacturers of industrial robots. In Europe, we are working with Otis Elevator Company, European Transcontinental Operations, which is training the sales staff for all of Europe and the Near East."

"HRI's robotic technology is being ordered piece meal by researchers worldwide. Proprietary components include LabMate, LightRanger and BiSight. A longer range NASA sponsored program is entitled Two-Armed, Mobile, Sensate Research Robot."

HelpMate Robotics Inc. designs, manufactures and markets proprietary autonomous robot systems primarily for use by the institutional health care industry in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. The Company's flagship product, HelpMate, is an intelligent, self-navigating, battery-powered robot that can travel throughout a facility without fixed tracks or guide wires.

CONTACT: Thomas Sweeny, President or Patricia Meding

HelpMate Robotics Inc. Forte Communications, Inc.

Shelter Rock Lane 50 Broadway, Suite 2300

Danbury, CT 06810 New York, NY 10004

Telephone: (203) 798-8988 Telephone: (212) 785-6300
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