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Home Application Robots to Debut in 2008
Smart home robots will be a part of our lives in a couple of years, according to Chonnam National University professor Park Jong-oh.
``We plan to form a project team early next year of robotics researchers in Cholla Province and make an alliance with private robot makers. We aim to introduce the multifunction household robots in 2008,'' he said.
Up until now, home robots have been robots that embrace cleaning or entertainment functions.
But Park's team plans to take a different approach of adding various robotic capabilities, such as movement and intelligence, to conventional home appliances.
Park expects the paradigm shift to give the heavily sought momentum to the robot industry as people are likely to snap up the familiar home application robots.
``Thus far, end users have been reluctant to buy robots because people are not familiar with the dummies. But they will feel comfortable with our home application models,'' he said.
Park showed a glimpse of the new-concept robot, an all-in-one model named THARO, which has many functions including an air cleaner, TV and a water purifier in a single platform.