ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute)
The Intelligent Cognitive Technology Research Department at ETRI has developed an elder care robot. It has been used in a study called “HealthBots” in collaboration with the University of Auckland.
The robot is a typical design with a mobile base and touchscreen. It incorporates a shelf that can be used to carry medical equipment.
KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology)
There has been a lot of discussion in the media about plans to replace teachers with robots, or at least to make-up for a lack of English-speaking teachers. The CIR (Center for Intelligent Robotics) at KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) has developed an avatar robot called “ENGKEY” for teaching English to students. It is a tele-presence platform designed to connect teachers into classrooms that would be otherwise unable to employ a physical teacher.
The robot has a novel design that has been described as “dumpy” or egg-like, which is supposed to make it appealing or at least non-threatening to younger students. It has 3 omni-directional wheels, a Kinect depth sensor in the chest, ultrasonic sensors around the waist and a screen that pops-up out of the top.
They also developed a similar model for elder care called “SILBOT”.
ETRI and Yujin Robot Co. Ltd
Robosem is another tele-presence robot designed for teaching English.
Park et al., “Teaching Assistant Robot, ROBOSEM, in English Class and Practical Issues for its Diffusion”,
Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, 2011 PDF
Industrial design and
features of ROBOSEM
Here is a new product video for ROBOSEM.
KETI (Korea Electronics Technology Institute)
A typical-looking service robot with an anthropomorphic head and a touchscreen in the chest.
Apparently it can mimic human gestures but I’m not sure of the specific applications.
They have developed a series of robots called “ARO” that were designed to be used
as an information kiosk, hotel concierge or for purchasing tickets.
They were displaying various service robots, such as their PGR-5 which is designed
to be used as an information kiosk or for telepresence.
They were demonstrating their FURO-S service robot, which is designed to be a mobile advertising billboard, an information kiosk or receptionist.
It has a familiar design, however the touchscreen is the largest I have seen for any service robot.