It almost amazes us to think how technology has advanced and has almost blurred the line between reality and fantasy. LG’s new robot is so unreal that it seems to have come straight out of a sci-fi narrative and is all set out to be unveiled at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) 2018 next week.
LG, today, introduced CLOi Suitbot, its first human-centric robot, which, unlike previously announced robots from LG such as Guide Robot, Cleaning Robot and Serving Robot, the LG CLOi SuitBot doesn’t navigate airport lounges and hotel hallways by itself but is meant to support and enhance a user’s legs to allow for more mobility and lower limb strength. Not only does it walk and feel natural, it also can communicate with other robots.
LG CLOi SuitBot was designed in collaboration with the startup, SG ROBOTICS, who has been studying how wearable robots can improve the quality of life. A comfortable fit and naturally rotating joints allow the CLOi SuitBot to move in a more relaxed and natural way to enhance the lower body while walking, standing or working. Its sandal-type shoes and automatic adjustment feature allow the wearer to get in and out of the suit more easily, differentiating LG CLOi SuitBot from many other exoskeletons.
LG says that its CLOi SuitBot is “a comfortable fit” with ease in putting it on and off than other exoskeletons. The wearable robot has a belt on top with two supporting joints with clamps on the thighs and the calves.
LG CLOi SuitBot is powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI which helps the wearable robot to study and analyze biometric and environment data along with movements. Accordingly, it suggests movements and stances provide maximum power efficiency.
Perhaps the most exciting feature in this SuitBot is its connectivity to other LG service robots. The suit and other robots will be able to send information to one another in manufacturing, logistics, and distribution workplaces. LG CLOi SuitBot will also be compatible with the company’s CLOi series of robots announced earlier this year at CES 2018. The lineup includes CLOi Serving Robot, Por-ter Robot, and Shopping Cart Robot. The company aims to build a smarter network with its robots in locations like manufacturing, logistics, and distribution.
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. – 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.” 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.