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Korea plans domestic robot trials

July 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

Korea is to begin trialing as domestic help. The ubiquitous robotic companion (URC) project, which will run from September to December, will see 1,000 ‘bots deployed to do various chores, such as house cleaning, pet feeding and book or email reading.
Says Sang-rok, the project manager from the Ministry of Information and Communication: “these network will be tested in households and kindergartens in Seoul and surrounding neighbourhoods.” As part of the trial, half the owners will be asked to control their robot slaves via mobile phones.
The URC project will comprise five type of wheeled robots, some of which will be able to perform security functions. Using a phone, the owner can control cameras on the robots and view their output via phone or internet.
When they come to market, the devices are expected to sell for around 1,000 pounds. This makes them rather cheaper than previous robot propositions. By making control programmes available as optional downloads, it’s hoped the price of the units can be kept down. An owner can increase the functionality of the ‘bot as required via different software packages.
The Korean government hopes that every household will have some sort of robort appliance by 2020.

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