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by   -   December 17, 2014

South Korea has finalized its 2015 robotics budget at around $145.8 million (US), an increase of about 8.3 percent from last year. The budget for the robot sector represents 1.76% of the total budget of South Korea's Ministry of Industry.

by   -   September 1, 2014

nursing_home_eldercare_senior_hands_caneRobotics is readily recognized as a technology of potentially key importance in helping the growing elderly population with their needs. In the US alone 8.5 million seniors require some form of assistive care; growing to 21 million over the next 20 years. 91% of nursing homes are understaffed. And there are at least 65.7 million family caregivers (31% of U.S. households); however, the number of potential family caregivers for each person is decreasing.

by   -   August 11, 2014

The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy announced a new five-year plan for developing intelligent robots that focuses on fusing its robotics sector with other industrial sectors such as manufacturing and services.

by   -   August 11, 2014

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Many governments have determined that robotics will play a significant role in contributing to their economy and have set up projects to fund bottlenecks to speed up the process.

by   -   January 20, 2014

With permission finally given to occupy lands that include an existing road and stream, the Masan Robot Land Project that went adrift for almost two years was officially launched on December 7, 2013 when initial engineering work began in the Gusan-myeon/Masan Happo-gu area of Changwon City. The project had been put on hold while environmental reviews were completed. Korea’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Energy (currently the Ministry of Knowledge Economy) first presented the idea for Masan and its sister project – the robot theme park in Incheon (west of Seoul) – back in 2007, as part of a larger plan to stimulate Korea’s robotic industry by generating public interest in consumer robots.

by   -   December 1, 2012

60% of EU citizens are saying that robots should be banned when it comes to the care of children, elderly people and people with disabilities, according to the Special Eurobarometer survey “Public attitudes towards robots”. Meanwhile different nursing homes, assisted living facilities and municipalities in Europe are currently discovering, testing, and buying new robotic technology to improve independence and quality of support services for elderly people. A new evaluation report “Eating robot for citizens with physical handicaps” compiled by Danish Technological Institute (DTI) reveals positive results when using self-feeding robots.

by   -   November 3, 2012

The South Korean government plans to expand the country’s robot industry by more than 10 times over the next decade, the Korean Times reports

by   -   November 2, 2012

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 the 9th Korea Robot Supporters Competition was held at Yuhan Technical High School. Students from all over the country took part in the preliminary competitions held at their individual schools. A total of 800 students participated in the finals, competing in 10 different categories including a project fair where teams presented their robots.

On the way to the school there were event posters on the ground and on the street poles to make sure participants unfamiliar with the area didn’t get lost.

Students were given 2 hours before the actual competition to prepare for the matches after receiving the competition course maps.

After testing their robots, students would go back into their classrooms or work areas to modify their robots and programs.

In the exhibition hall, students presented their projects to a special panel of judges who evaluated each project. Some of the projects included an alien alert system, soldiers, a greenhouse, a car factory and a page-turning robot.

Components of KAIROBOT’s education kits were a common sight in many of the projects.

Parents were asked to wait outside during the competitions to help students concentrate.

Additional info on the event can be found here (Korean).

by   -   July 25, 2012

According to Chosun Media, Korea produced $1.87 billion of industrial robots in 2011 and exported $453 million. The remainder was for domestic use.
Year-over-year production was up 20% and exports were up 120%. Japan received 74% of 2011’s exports while China and the EU got the rest.
As part of a government-stimulated program, Korea plans to increase robot production to $20 billion by 2018.

by   -   March 30, 2011

Sang-Rok Oh, KIST professor and adviser to the South Korean government for r-learning, spoke at InnoRobo, the Innovation Robotics Summit in Lyon, France and clarified the full extent of the r-learning program versus what has shown up in the press as the English-teaching robot.
The President of Yujin Robotics, Kyung Shin, also spoke at InnoRobo and described South Korea’s $1 billion stimulus investment in the r-learning program and in helping South Korea become a bigger player in the robotics industry.