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Wearable robots: LG to unveil robot mobility suit Written by Igor Jovanovski on September 6, 2018

South Korean electronics giant LG has confirmed that it will unveil a ‘human-centric’ wearable robot to the public at the IFA 2018 show in Berlin next week.

The CLOi SuitBot is designed to support mobility by enhancing the power of its user’s legs. It could be used for both commercial and social care applications.

LG robot aims to improve quality of life

The unveiling of the CLOi SuitBot follows the strategic investment that LG made in SG Robotics last year. The startup is focused on developing robots to help people overcome mobility issues and, more generally, the limitations of the human body.

Robotic exoskeletons are notoriously clunky and expensive, although the market is evolving as the focus shifts from military and medical applications to exploring ways the technology can augment human work in construction, manufacturing, and logistics.

LG claims that its new SuitBot will offer “a comfortable fit” and that its rotating joints will ensure wearers move in a more relaxed and natural way.

The CLOi SuitBot can also connect to LG’s range of service robots – launched at CES earlier this year – to form a smarter workforce. In practice, that will mean a degree of collaboration and automation between LG’s robots.

Wearable robot will grow smarter over time

The CLOi suit will also use AI to learn and evolve over time, analysing biometric and environmental data to suggest optimal movements and stances for maximum power efficiency.

“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 & Air Solution Company.

“It’s just one example of a wide range of revolutionary AI 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.”


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