|▲ Exa Robotics / CEO Lee Jeong-geun|
(PowerKorea) October last year, South Korean government announced to promote robotic enterprises for the next 5 years and to grow the market 4 times bigger than now with around 20 trillion won ($18 billion) market value. For this, the government has eased the regulations, targeted the year 2023 as to enter the 4 robot powerhouses in the world and increased the budget by 23% to 194.4 billion won within the year 2021.
Exa Robotics is a South Korean robot venture that is building presence in the field with its 100% self-made robot Kori. The company organized the Korea Robot Show at the Convention Centre April last year and introduced and demonstrated 20 models of Kori. The display was meaningful as it created a fresh ripple in the somewhat staggering robot industry in the nation.
Following the show, the company introduced a new concept smart building June last year. Melted with AI, IoT and integrated control, it received explosive respond from industry specialists and visitors at its showcase. Kori functions according to its need: separate waste collecting, delivery, security, emergency services, sanitizing, cleaning, laundry collecting and many more.
Lee Jeong-geun, CEO of Exa Robotics, used to work in real estate for many years and convinced that smart living environment will replace the way we live sooner than we thought. And the center of it is robots. He launched a study with any domestic and overseas robots he could get hold of but neither met his idea. So he set out his own venture which now is Exa Robotics. Down-to-earthness is the keyword of Lee and all models of Kori are designed and made to meet this standard.
“No matter how brilliant the robot engineers or how great the robots, in my point of view they are useless if they are not used in our daily lives or in reality at least. All models of Kori are designed and developed based on this fundamental idea as much as the realistic prices” says Lee.
It is notable that Lee is not making profits by selling Kori. For him, robots are a means of realizing smart building and smart city systems. If a smart city is a smart phone, he says, a robot is an application. This of his idea is closely related to his years of careful observation on fast spreading concierge services in luxury apartment blocks. A concierge takes care of cleaning, valet parking, laundry, etc. Instead of a concierge, Lee says, a Kori does the the job.
The 20 Kori robots will be used in line with Exa Space, an affiliate of Exa Robotics. This way, Lee’s great smart building plan will get propels to sail forward. Exa Space provides a general smart control service of a building from parceling out to maintenance and management.
Some or more people say robots will replace their jobs and make their lives miserable. “On the contrary!” says Lee to this worry. “They will find new jobs while receiving many benefits from services of robots. Robots will reduce unnecessary costs and time and make our lives easier and more convenient than ever.”
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