For many years in the past, the concept of ‘Robot’ had remained the same: to help people with routine labor mainly in industrial applications. Now, with the rapid development of AI, robotics, and cloud computing, the concept of robot has been revolutionized and redefined, allowing for the emergence of a new intelligent robot market not just for the industrial world but for various professional and personal use cases in people’s normal lives.
To address this opportunity, Samsung Research has set its goal to secure cutting-edge SW and HW technologies for robotics, delivering rich AI experiences to customers. It is our promise to the world that we at Samsung Research will never stop challenging ourselves to push the intelligent robotics technology boundary to the next level.
‘Samsung Bot’ is one of Samsung’s next-generation AI projects.
Our goal is to push ourselves to innovate to make a positive impact on the world, and we believe that the users of our robots will be able to take advantage of their various AI technologies, giving them special services as if someone was close by all the time. For this purpose, we are developing two categories of ‘Samsung Bot’, home care robot and retail robot.
Home care robots refer to service robots that can do valuable functions for various home use cases that meet societal trends. They can lessen household chores and could be considered as an expansion of home appliance products that leverage AI technology. They can also help care for the family members, including the elderly, kids, or even pets. Whereas, retail robots are service robots that help with repetitive and tedious tasks of employees so that employees can concentrate on more meaningful activities, such as customer relations.
Examples of the outputs are ‘Bot Air’, an autonomous air-purifying robot, ‘Bot Retail’, a versatile retail robot for shopping malls and restaurants, and ‘GEMS (Gait Enhancing & Motivating System)’, a walking assist wearable robot for the elderly, that we introduced at CES and IFA.
We are developing and securing all the key technologies for building robots, from SW—such as OS, middleware, and AI—to HW—such as sensors, motors, systems, manipulation, and locomotion. We are integrating them with a common robot platform as well as trying to implement various ideas, form factors, and possible killer use cases based on the platform.
We will keep advancing those technologies to the commercialization level to serve real benefits to customers by releasing our Samsung Bots soon.