Samsung Electronics is likely to enter the AI robot market. First of all, the company is expected to start from industrial robots and gradually expand into robots for home use. The company, however, said that it was premature to commercialize its robots.
According to the electronics industry on February 21, Samsung Electronics completed the development of “Saram” (person in Korean) and the registration of trademark Saram, an industrial AI robot arm at the end of last year.
Saram is a humanoid robot loaded with AI. The robot arm is expected to be used mainly for lifting or moving heavy objects on factory floors. Samsung Electronics has been manufacturing industrial robots for its own factories. It is predicted that Samsung’s robots will become useful for surgery or at home depending on the degree of technological progress.
"Some researchers registered trademarks in research processes," a company official said. "It is too early to mention commercialization yet."
Nevertheless, the robot industry says that Samsung Electronics will tap into the robot business soon. Various circumstances are pointing to the company’s making a foray into the robot business.
A source said that Samsung recently completed vertically walking robot technology. This technology enables biped robots to maintain a stable posture by adjusting the angle of an ankle joint despite changing external environments such as inclinations of the ground. Also in the works is a plan to recognize locations and collect visual information around robots by using walking robots and create maps with such data or use them for business purposes.
Samsung Electronics selected robots as a long-term research item and has been working on them at many organizations including the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and the DMC Research Institute for years. Among them, the Global Technology Center is reportedly taking the initiative in Samsung’s robotics research.
Recently, Samsung NEXT, a venture capital fund, invested in Israel 's AI robotics company Intuition Robotics. The company is the developer of elderly care robot ElliQ, which is construed as Samsung’s investment for the development of robots for home use in the future.