LG to unveil first wearable robot CLOi SuitBot at IFA

Tinuku - LG Electronics said Thursday that it would unveil its first wearable robot in Berlin later this month at a global home appliance trade show. This will make the South Korean tech giant the latest player in the increasingly competitive robot business.

At IFA Berlin 2018, which kicks off Aug. 30, LG will officially introduce the “CLOi SuitBot,” a robot designed to compensate for humans’ limited muscle strength in a variety of situations. The company says it will have medical, industrial and military applications.

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The wearable robot is the eighth to join LG’s robot portfolio, which also includes the guidance robot at Incheon International Airport. Putting the CLOi SuitBot on over a pair of pants can help the wearer carry things that they otherwise would not be strong enough to lift, the company said.

The robot can also assist people with physical disabilities or people recovering from leg injuries and undergoing physiotherapy to learn to walk again, it added. Robot manufacturers outside Korea are also developing wearable robots that enhance lower body strength, but these robots are mainly designed for military use.

CLOi is LG’s artificial intelligence platform for eight robots so far: cleaning robots, lawn-mowing robots, robots that guide people, household robots, food-service robots, porter robots and robotic shopping carts.

LG will continue developing and introducing various kinds of robots that support humans and ease their difficulties,” said Ryu Hye-jung, senior vice president of LG’s home appliances and air solutions division.

When someone puts on a CLOi SuitBot, the AI platform learns the wearer’s moves, assesses the surrounding conditions, and protects the person from harm while he or she is in action, according to the company.

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LG, one of the world’s leading home electronics manufacturers, is looking to the robot business as a future growth engine and is increasing investment accordingly. LG Vice Chairman Jo Seong-jin said at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, “The robot business will start yielding profits for the company within two to three years.”

To develop the wearable robot, LG has worked with local robot developer SG Robotics since making an investment last year. This year, the conglomerate has continued to invest in robot makers at home and abroad. They are Robotis, Acryl, Robostar and BossaNova Robotics. LG also intends to accelerate its foray into the new business area later this year with the launch of commercial household robots.

“Mainly with the CLOi SuitBot, some new robots could be unveiled at IFA. A commercialization plan for the wearable robot is not confirmed yet, while household robots are expected to hit the market within the year,” said an LG official.

The line between human and machines continues to blur as technology speeds along. For LG Electronics, a new robot suit may take the company and workers who use it another step into a sci-fi future. Not only does it walk and feel natural, it also can communicate with other robots.

The SuitBot will allow users to have more mobility and lower limb strength while also walking naturally. It’s also easy to wear, as a person can simply step into the shoes, and the suit will automatically adjust to the user. The suit and other robots will be able to send information to one another in manufacturing, logistics, and distribution workplaces.

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“LG CLOi SuitBot is evidence of our full commitment to expanding our portfolio of service robots that deliver tangible convenience and innovation in our lives,” said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG’s home appliance and air solution company, in a statement released with the news.

“It’s just one example of a wide range of revolutionary A.I. products designed to interact with users to dramatically elevate user convenience and create new opportunities to advance our robotics initiative into a next-gen growth engine,” said Song.