We already knew that LG had its sights set on the robotics market with all of the investments the company has made in the segment over the past year or so. The real question was, how would those investments materialize? We now have at least the start of an answer from the Seoul-based consumer tech manufacturer in the form of the CLOi SuitBot, which will be on display at IFA 2018. This is LG's first foray into human-centric robotics.
Borrowing its name from the cute countertop home robot that we’ve seen at a few events recently, the CLOi SuitBot is the most adventurous robotics projects that LG has gotten itself into to-date. Whereas other LG-built robots have been used to autonomously vacuum a home, guide travelers through airports and hotels, or act as a personal assistant, the CLOi SuitBot is meant to “enhance a user’s legs to allow for more mobility and lower limb strength,” LG explained in a statement.
Last year, one of LG’s robotics investments included a startup named SG ROBOTICS, which has developed robots to help users overcome the limitations of the human body. The LG CLOi SuitBot was developed in collaboration with SG ROBOTICS. The exoskeletal robot is said to have a comfortable fit and naturally rotating joints that allow the equipment to move in a more relaxed and natural way than other similarly-designed products.