As readers of this blog will know, I've long been interested in the future of the robotics industry in Korea and Korea's role in the industry globally. (Just check out these posts) Today, as reported in The Korea Times, LGU+ invested $2 million in the U.S.-based social robot maker JIBO. The article noted that "The move is expected to boost the company's efforts to lead the information and technology market in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT)."We have built a partnership with JIBO, aiming to leap to the world's No. 1 IoT-based company by 2020," an LG Uplus spokesman said Thursday."
Interestingly, JIBO is a social robot developed by MIT robotics professor Cynthia Breazeal, who explains its purpose in the embedded YouTube video. Another small, but very interesting indication of the future directions for service robots in Korea's aging society.