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Meet Ai Robot That Responds to Your Voice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Launch of the Social Robot “iJINI”

 

IPL is the startup company behind the development of the “iJINI” social robot, which is a kind of robot 

that combines robotics technology with the Internet of Things (IoT) and speech recognition. Founded 

in March 2014, IPL aims to launch a series of social robots, beginning with the Chinese launch of iJINI 

in April and the Korean launch in June.

 

The iJINI robot resembles a puppy. Its head, which houses a camera, is able to look around, and its 

wheeled feet allow it move around freely. The robot is voice-controlled, and when asked questions 

about the weather, news, or user’s schedule, among others, it is able to provide relevant information. 

It also serves as a kind of home security guard. Upon detecting a sound when nobody is home, iJINI 

will identify the source of the sound and send a message to inform the owner. In addition, the robot 

can control other home appliances, following registration by the user, via remote control. For example, 

it can turn the lights on or off.

 

“iJINI can recognize simple commands spoken by the user, such as a command to show recent news, 

in response to which it will show news articles from various SNS sites,” said IPL CEO Kim Kyeung-wook.

He went on to explain, “Our robot can be considered as a kind of mobile remote control, as it is capable 

of controlling a wide range of devices, including TVs, lights, air conditioners, and boilers, via IR remote 

control, as long as they have been registered by the user .”

 

 

Secured a Deal with China Valued at USD 14 million

 

IPL’s early investment came from overseas rather than from investors in Korea. Following an investment 

of USD 2.2 million by Roobo in 2015, IPL signed a contract worth USD 14 million in November last year 

for the distribution of iJINI. This contract is the largest so far in the service robot industry. In addition, the 

company is in the process of finalizing distribution agreements with Thailand and Russia, and expects to 

find partners in Korea soon.

 

CEO Kim said, “It is impossible to survive by relying on the domestic market only, which is why we are 

striving to expand our business globally.” He continued, saying, “We were preparing to launch the iJINI 

robot early last year, but postponed its release in order to reinforce its artificial intelligence functions, and 

ended up developing a social robot instead.”

As the CEO of one of the few robotics startups in Korea, Kim emphasizes the need for greater investment 

in the robotics industry, saying, “Korea’s robot development companies are working in a very poor 

investment environment. The most common types of robots so far are cleaning robots, so active 

investment is sorely needed in other new growth areas.”

 

 

Born2Global Serves as a Stepping Stone for Overseas Expansion

 

Kim has been spending one-third of every year overseas, concentrating on the global expansion of 

his company. To assist in this effort, Born2Global has provided substantial support to IPL in various 

areas, including assistance finding prospective overseas investors and producing content for the 

company’s crowd-funding campaign.

 

Kim said, “With the help of Born2Global, I was able to find prospective overseas investors and buyers. 

The Centre offers excellent startup support programs that provide various kinds of assistance, including 

legal counsel.”

 

 

IPL Pursues Development of “Open Robot Platform”

 

When developing iJINI, IPL focused on allowing it to connect easily with other devices or platforms, based

on the belief that even those who are not very knowledgeable about hardware can still be developers and 

that flexibility was needed in order to ensure that the robot could be used in conjunction with various 

innovative technologies.

Kim explained, “My aim was to create an environment in which developers and companies unfamiliar with 

robots can easily develop robot-related content and apply diverse cloud-based AI services, such as IBM’s 

Watson, Amazon’s Alexa, and SKT’s Nugu, to our robot.”

 

Notably, IPL has optimized Android OS for use with robots. However, iJINI can accommodate other 

operating systems as well, including AI systems from global companies such as Google and IBM, 

or even IPL’s own system. In this way, IPL is jumping into the ecosystems of global companies while 

building up its own services at the same time. Moreover, the company plans to focus on increasing the 

value of its products, in terms of lifespan and utility, through periodic updates issued at least once a year.

 

 

Social Robot to Emerge as New Type of Home Appliance in the AI Era

 

Kim predicts that social robots will come to provide new services in the AI era, serving as a kind of central 

hub in the home. Although MIT’s “Zibo” and France’s “Buddy” robots have already been released, with 

Asus currently developing a robot called “Zenbo,” the social robot market is still in its infancy. In the first half 

of this year, IPL plans to launch a crowd-funding campaign for iJINI on Kickstarter as a way of testing the 

waters ahead of its entry into North America, Europe, and other markets around the world.

“People have enormous expectations for robots, but it will take a lot of time to meet those expectations,” 

said Kim. He added, “We aim to position social robots as essential home appliances. In the next two to 

three years, I believe that social robots will be the most popular product in the home appliance market.”

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Upcoming Launch of the Social Robot “iJINI”

 

IPL is the startup company behind the development of the “iJINI” social robot, which is a kind of robot 

that combines robotics technology with the Internet of Things (IoT) and speech recognition. Founded 

in March 2014, IPL aims to launch a series of social robots, beginning with the Chinese launch of iJINI 

in April and the Korean launch in June.

 

The iJINI robot resembles a puppy. Its head, which houses a camera, is able to look around, and its 

wheeled feet allow it move around freely. The robot is voice-controlled, and when asked questions 

about the weather, news, or user’s schedule, among others, it is able to provide relevant information. 

It also serves as a kind of home security guard. Upon detecting a sound when nobody is home, iJINI 

will identify the source of the sound and send a message to inform the owner. In addition, the robot 

can control other home appliances, following registration by the user, via remote control. For example, 

it can turn the lights on or off.

 

“iJINI can recognize simple commands spoken by the user, such as a command to show recent news, 

in response to which it will show news articles from various SNS sites,” said IPL CEO Kim Kyeung-wook.

He went on to explain, “Our robot can be considered as a kind of mobile remote control, as it is capable 

of controlling a wide range of devices, including TVs, lights, air conditioners, and boilers, via IR remote 

control, as long as they have been registered by the user .”

 

 

Secured a Deal with China Valued at USD 14 million

 

IPL’s early investment came from overseas rather than from investors in Korea. Following an investment 

of USD 2.2 million by Roobo in 2015, IPL signed a contract worth USD 14 million in November last year 

for the distribution of iJINI. This contract is the largest so far in the service robot industry. In addition, the 

company is in the process of finalizing distribution agreements with Thailand and Russia, and expects to 

find partners in Korea soon.

 

CEO Kim said, “It is impossible to survive by relying on the domestic market only, which is why we are 

striving to expand our business globally.” He continued, saying, “We were preparing to launch the iJINI 

robot early last year, but postponed its release in order to reinforce its artificial intelligence functions, and 

ended up developing a social robot instead.”

As the CEO of one of the few robotics startups in Korea, Kim emphasizes the need for greater investment 

in the robotics industry, saying, “Korea’s robot development companies are working in a very poor 

investment environment. The most common types of robots so far are cleaning robots, so active 

investment is sorely needed in other new growth areas.”

 

 

Born2Global Serves as a Stepping Stone for Overseas Expansion

 

Kim has been spending one-third of every year overseas, concentrating on the global expansion of 

his company. To assist in this effort, Born2Global has provided substantial support to IPL in various 

areas, including assistance finding prospective overseas investors and producing content for the 

company’s crowd-funding campaign.

 

Kim said, “With the help of Born2Global, I was able to find prospective overseas investors and buyers. 

The Centre offers excellent startup support programs that provide various kinds of assistance, including 

legal counsel.”

 

 

IPL Pursues Development of “Open Robot Platform”

 

When developing iJINI, IPL focused on allowing it to connect easily with other devices or platforms, based

on the belief that even those who are not very knowledgeable about hardware can still be developers and 

that flexibility was needed in order to ensure that the robot could be used in conjunction with various 

innovative technologies.

Kim explained, “My aim was to create an environment in which developers and companies unfamiliar with 

robots can easily develop robot-related content and apply diverse cloud-based AI services, such as IBM’s 

Watson, Amazon’s Alexa, and SKT’s Nugu, to our robot.”

 

Notably, IPL has optimized Android OS for use with robots. However, iJINI can accommodate other 

operating systems as well, including AI systems from global companies such as Google and IBM, 

or even IPL’s own system. In this way, IPL is jumping into the ecosystems of global companies while 

building up its own services at the same time. Moreover, the company plans to focus on increasing the 

value of its products, in terms of lifespan and utility, through periodic updates issued at least once a year.

 

 

Social Robot to Emerge as New Type of Home Appliance in the AI Era

 

Kim predicts that social robots will come to provide new services in the AI era, serving as a kind of central 

hub in the home. Although MIT’s “Zibo” and France’s “Buddy” robots have already been released, with 

Asus currently developing a robot called “Zenbo,” the social robot market is still in its infancy. In the first half 

of this year, IPL plans to launch a crowd-funding campaign for iJINI on Kickstarter as a way of testing the 

waters ahead of its entry into North America, Europe, and other markets around the world.

“People have enormous expectations for robots, but it will take a lot of time to meet those expectations,” 

said Kim. He added, “We aim to position social robots as essential home appliances. In the next two to 

three years, I believe that social robots will be the most popular product in the home appliance market.”

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Upcoming Launch of the Social Robot “iJINI”

 

IPL is the startup company behind the development of the “iJINI” social robot, which is a kind of robot 

that combines robotics technology with the Internet of Things (IoT) and speech recognition. Founded 

in March 2014, IPL aims to launch a series of social robots, beginning with the Chinese launch of iJINI 

in April and the Korean launch in June.

 

The iJINI robot resembles a puppy. Its head, which houses a camera, is able to look around, and its 

wheeled feet allow it move around freely. The robot is voice-controlled, and when asked questions 

about the weather, news, or user’s schedule, among others, it is able to provide relevant information. 

It also serves as a kind of home security guard. Upon detecting a sound when nobody is home, iJINI 

will identify the source of the sound and send a message to inform the owner. In addition, the robot 

can control other home appliances, following registration by the user, via remote control. For example, 

it can turn the lights on or off.

 

“iJINI can recognize simple commands spoken by the user, such as a command to show recent news, 

in response to which it will show news articles from various SNS sites,” said IPL CEO Kim Kyeung-wook.

He went on to explain, “Our robot can be considered as a kind of mobile remote control, as it is capable 

of controlling a wide range of devices, including TVs, lights, air conditioners, and boilers, via IR remote 

control, as long as they have been registered by the user .”

 

 

Secured a Deal with China Valued at USD 14 million

 

IPL’s early investment came from overseas rather than from investors in Korea. Following an investment 

of USD 2.2 million by Roobo in 2015, IPL signed a contract worth USD 14 million in November last year 

for the distribution of iJINI. This contract is the largest so far in the service robot industry. In addition, the 

company is in the process of finalizing distribution agreements with Thailand and Russia, and expects to 

find partners in Korea soon.

 

CEO Kim said, “It is impossible to survive by relying on the domestic market only, which is why we are 

striving to expand our business globally.” He continued, saying, “We were preparing to launch the iJINI 

robot early last year, but postponed its release in order to reinforce its artificial intelligence functions, and 

ended up developing a social robot instead.”

As the CEO of one of the few robotics startups in Korea, Kim emphasizes the need for greater investment 

in the robotics industry, saying, “Korea’s robot development companies are working in a very poor 

investment environment. The most common types of robots so far are cleaning robots, so active 

investment is sorely needed in other new growth areas.”

 

 

Born2Global Serves as a Stepping Stone for Overseas Expansion

 

Kim has been spending one-third of every year overseas, concentrating on the global expansion of 

his company. To assist in this effort, Born2Global has provided substantial support to IPL in various 

areas, including assistance finding prospective overseas investors and producing content for the 

company’s crowd-funding campaign.

 

Kim said, “With the help of Born2Global, I was able to find prospective overseas investors and buyers. 

The Centre offers excellent startup support programs that provide various kinds of assistance, including 

legal counsel.”

 

 

IPL Pursues Development of “Open Robot Platform”

 

When developing iJINI, IPL focused on allowing it to connect easily with other devices or platforms, based

on the belief that even those who are not very knowledgeable about hardware can still be developers and 

that flexibility was needed in order to ensure that the robot could be used in conjunction with various 

innovative technologies.

Kim explained, “My aim was to create an environment in which developers and companies unfamiliar with 

robots can easily develop robot-related content and apply diverse cloud-based AI services, such as IBM’s 

Watson, Amazon’s Alexa, and SKT’s Nugu, to our robot.”

 

Notably, IPL has optimized Android OS for use with robots. However, iJINI can accommodate other 

operating systems as well, including AI systems from global companies such as Google and IBM, 

or even IPL’s own system. In this way, IPL is jumping into the ecosystems of global companies while 

building up its own services at the same time. Moreover, the company plans to focus on increasing the 

value of its products, in terms of lifespan and utility, through periodic updates issued at least once a year.

 

 

Social Robot to Emerge as New Type of Home Appliance in the AI Era

 

Kim predicts that social robots will come to provide new services in the AI era, serving as a kind of central 

hub in the home. Although MIT’s “Zibo” and France’s “Buddy” robots have already been released, with 

Asus currently developing a robot called “Zenbo,” the social robot market is still in its infancy. In the first half 

of this year, IPL plans to launch a crowd-funding campaign for iJINI on Kickstarter as a way of testing the 

waters ahead of its entry into North America, Europe, and other markets around the world.

“People have enormous expectations for robots, but it will take a lot of time to meet those expectations,” 

said Kim. He added, “We aim to position social robots as essential home appliances. In the next two to 

three years, I believe that social robots will be the most popular product in the home appliance market.”

 

 

 

 


 

 

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IPL, a member company of the Born2Global Center, 

signed an agreement with Roobo on Nov. 11 for the distribution of its social robot “iJINI.” 

Under the agreement, IPL will provide iJINI and related AI services in China. 

IPL CEO Kim Kyeungwook said, 

“We will launch iJINI in China by March 2017, 

and this agreement guarantees a minimum sales value of 16 billion won ($13.5 million), 

the biggest amount for a single item exported by a domestic robot producer.”

 

iJINI is a robot based on a new concept that combines robotics, IoT, machine learning, and user experience design (UX). 

The robot recognizes voices and faces and offers a variety of services: 

home automation, home security, information, and entertainment. 

IPL is currently developing technology to connect its proprietary Android robot module 

and OS to the LTE network in order to offer LTE-enabled smart home robot services. 


In recognition of its design capability, 

the startup received the “Best Winner” award at the 2016 Red Dot Design Awards, 

one of the world’s top three design awards. 

“Based on its differentiated robotics technology and aesthetic design, 

IPL plans to explore numerous global markets, including China,” Kim added. 

(jshwang@heraldcorp.com)



http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161124000918

 

 

IPL, a member company of the Born2Global Center, 

signed an agreement with Roobo on Nov. 11 for the distribution of its social robot “iJINI.” 

Under the agreement, IPL will provide iJINI and related AI services in China. 

IPL CEO Kim Kyeungwook said, 

“We will launch iJINI in China by March 2017, 

and this agreement guarantees a minimum sales value of 16 billion won ($13.5 million), 

the biggest amount for a single item exported by a domestic robot producer.”

 

iJINI is a robot based on a new concept that combines robotics, IoT, machine learning, and user experience design (UX). 

The robot recognizes voices and faces and offers a variety of services: 

home automation, home security, information, and entertainment. 

IPL is currently developing technology to connect its proprietary Android robot module 

and OS to the LTE network in order to offer LTE-enabled smart home robot services. 


In recognition of its design capability, 

the startup received the “Best Winner” award at the 2016 Red Dot Design Awards, 

one of the world’s top three design awards. 

“Based on its differentiated robotics technology and aesthetic design, 

IPL plans to explore numerous global markets, including China,” Kim added. 

(jshwang@heraldcorp.com)



http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161124000918

 

 

IPL, a member company of the Born2Global Center, 

signed an agreement with Roobo on Nov. 11 for the distribution of its social robot “iJINI.” 

Under the agreement, IPL will provide iJINI and related AI services in China. 

IPL CEO Kim Kyeungwook said, 

“We will launch iJINI in China by March 2017, 

and this agreement guarantees a minimum sales value of 16 billion won ($13.5 million), 

the biggest amount for a single item exported by a domestic robot producer.”

 

iJINI is a robot based on a new concept that combines robotics, IoT, machine learning, and user experience design (UX). 

The robot recognizes voices and faces and offers a variety of services: 

home automation, home security, information, and entertainment. 

IPL is currently developing technology to connect its proprietary Android robot module 

and OS to the LTE network in order to offer LTE-enabled smart home robot services. 


In recognition of its design capability, 

the startup received the “Best Winner” award at the 2016 Red Dot Design Awards, 

one of the world’s top three design awards. 

“Based on its differentiated robotics technology and aesthetic design, 

IPL plans to explore numerous global markets, including China,” Kim added. 

(jshwang@heraldcorp.com)



http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161124000918

 

 

今回の投稿は、

本シリーズ 「Discover Korea's Tech(韓国のテックスタートアップを探る)」の第5弾である。

数々の巨大企業が牛耳っていることで有名な韓国経済の中、

自身が持つテクノロジーによって自立した韓国のスタートアップ起業家たちに話を聞いていく予定だ。

数ヶ月に渡って彼らを追うこの企画を楽しみにしてほしい。

@technodechina からシリーズ最新のストーリーをチェックできる。


人工知能(AI)が消費者市場でますますトラクションを獲得しつつある中、

国では今年初めにすでにホームロボットが何種類か登場した。

そして今、韓国を拠点とする Innovative Play Lab(아이피엘) が、

強力な AI のおかげで他社を超える知能をもつロボットを開発したという。


IPL 独自開発した AI を搭載した iJINi 声や顔を認識できる。

10年におよびロボット開発に従事している IPL の設立者兼 CEO Kyungwook Kim(김경욱)氏は、

ハードウェアインターフェースはまもなくタッチ操作ではな

く音声認識に基づくものになるだろうと考えている。


iJINi は、対面式の通話や不在時の家の監視が可能だ。

また赤ちゃんの寝返りを認識したり泣いた時に両親に通知したりと、

赤ちゃんの世話を手伝うこともできる。

ペアリングしたモバイルアプリに接続し、データはすべてクラウドで処理される。

20167月には、プロダクトデザイン部門でレッド・ドット賞を獲得している。


     

iJINiはバッテリー残量が少なくなるとチャージ・ステーションに戻ってくる
Image Credit: IPL


IPL は先週(11月第3週)、

国を拠点とする ROOBO との160億韓国ウォン(1,340万米ドル)相当の販売契約を発表した。

ROOBO は以前、IPL 対して220万米ドルの投資を行っている。


IPL がロボットシステムの設計と開発を担当し、

ROOBO がロボットの販売と中国国内における AI サービスを担当する。

ROOBO はまた、iJINi への O2O サービスの接続も予定しており、

所有者は iJINi 経由で食べ物を注文したりタクシーを呼んだりすることができるようになる。

同ロボットは来年初頭までに中国、タイ、韓国で発売される予定だ。


関連記事>

 

IPL は、ロボティクス向けに最適化された Android バージョンを開発した。

ロボティクスの開発者向けにツールセットを提供し、

ロボットに加えコンテンツの開発を助けることが目的だ。

IPL によると、このロボティクス API 発ツールは近くローンチ予定だという。

最終的に目指すのは、ロボット向けコンテンツエコシステムを提供するプラットフォームを構築することにある。


iJINi の主な競合は、アメリカ発の Jibo と、

フランスの Blue Frog Robotics が開発した家族向けのコンパニオンロボット Buddy だ。


だが IPL は、同社のクラウド AI がもつ適応性と拡張性で競争優位を確立できると見込んでいる。


“AI ロボットは、AI クラウドと、

提供するサービスと互換性があるハードウェアプラットフォームを必要とします。

弊社プラットフォームは他の AI プラットフォームと互換性があります。”(Kim 氏)


ソーシャルロボットを専門とする同社は家電市場をターゲットとし、

スマートホームロボットの構築を目指している。


“今のところ、人々はロボティクスの必要性をあまり感じていません。

だからこそ家電市場をターゲットとしているのです。

弊社は音声インターフェースを利用して情報をロボットに伝達したいと考えています。

ロボットを他の IoT とつなぎ、ユーザが他の家電を音声で管理できるようにすることを目指しています。”(Kim 氏)


IPL は韓国・未来創造科学部傘下の K-ICT Born2Global Center の支援を受けている。



 

 

via Technode @technodechina


【原文】


    http://thebridge.jp/2016/12/meet-ai-pet-robot-responds-voice

今回の投稿は、

本シリーズ 「Discover Korea's Tech(韓国のテックスタートアップを探る)」の第5弾である。

数々の巨大企業が牛耳っていることで有名な韓国経済の中、

自身が持つテクノロジーによって自立した韓国のスタートアップ起業家たちに話を聞いていく予定だ。

数ヶ月に渡って彼らを追うこの企画を楽しみにしてほしい。

@technodechina からシリーズ最新のストーリーをチェックできる。


人工知能(AI)が消費者市場でますますトラクションを獲得しつつある中、

国では今年初めにすでにホームロボットが何種類か登場した。

そして今、韓国を拠点とする Innovative Play Lab(아이피엘) が、

強力な AI のおかげで他社を超える知能をもつロボットを開発したという。


IPL 独自開発した AI を搭載した iJINi 声や顔を認識できる。

10年におよびロボット開発に従事している IPL の設立者兼 CEO Kyungwook Kim(김경욱)氏は、

ハードウェアインターフェースはまもなくタッチ操作ではな

く音声認識に基づくものになるだろうと考えている。


iJINi は、対面式の通話や不在時の家の監視が可能だ。

また赤ちゃんの寝返りを認識したり泣いた時に両親に通知したりと、

赤ちゃんの世話を手伝うこともできる。

ペアリングしたモバイルアプリに接続し、データはすべてクラウドで処理される。

20167月には、プロダクトデザイン部門でレッド・ドット賞を獲得している。


     

iJINiはバッテリー残量が少なくなるとチャージ・ステーションに戻ってくる
Image Credit: IPL


IPL は先週(11月第3週)、

国を拠点とする ROOBO との160億韓国ウォン(1,340万米ドル)相当の販売契約を発表した。

ROOBO は以前、IPL 対して220万米ドルの投資を行っている。


IPL がロボットシステムの設計と開発を担当し、

ROOBO がロボットの販売と中国国内における AI サービスを担当する。

ROOBO はまた、iJINi への O2O サービスの接続も予定しており、

所有者は iJINi 経由で食べ物を注文したりタクシーを呼んだりすることができるようになる。

同ロボットは来年初頭までに中国、タイ、韓国で発売される予定だ。


関連記事>

 

IPL は、ロボティクス向けに最適化された Android バージョンを開発した。

ロボティクスの開発者向けにツールセットを提供し、

ロボットに加えコンテンツの開発を助けることが目的だ。

IPL によると、このロボティクス API 発ツールは近くローンチ予定だという。

最終的に目指すのは、ロボット向けコンテンツエコシステムを提供するプラットフォームを構築することにある。


iJINi の主な競合は、アメリカ発の Jibo と、

フランスの Blue Frog Robotics が開発した家族向けのコンパニオンロボット Buddy だ。


だが IPL は、同社のクラウド AI がもつ適応性と拡張性で競争優位を確立できると見込んでいる。


“AI ロボットは、AI クラウドと、

提供するサービスと互換性があるハードウェアプラットフォームを必要とします。

弊社プラットフォームは他の AI プラットフォームと互換性があります。”(Kim 氏)


ソーシャルロボットを専門とする同社は家電市場をターゲットとし、

スマートホームロボットの構築を目指している。


“今のところ、人々はロボティクスの必要性をあまり感じていません。

だからこそ家電市場をターゲットとしているのです。

弊社は音声インターフェースを利用して情報をロボットに伝達したいと考えています。

ロボットを他の IoT とつなぎ、ユーザが他の家電を音声で管理できるようにすることを目指しています。”(Kim 氏)


IPL は韓国・未来創造科学部傘下の K-ICT Born2Global Center の支援を受けている。



 

 

via Technode @technodechina


【原文】


    http://thebridge.jp/2016/12/meet-ai-pet-robot-responds-voice

今回の投稿は、

本シリーズ 「Discover Korea's Tech(韓国のテックスタートアップを探る)」の第5弾である。

数々の巨大企業が牛耳っていることで有名な韓国経済の中、

自身が持つテクノロジーによって自立した韓国のスタートアップ起業家たちに話を聞いていく予定だ。

数ヶ月に渡って彼らを追うこの企画を楽しみにしてほしい。

@technodechina からシリーズ最新のストーリーをチェックできる。


人工知能(AI)が消費者市場でますますトラクションを獲得しつつある中、

国では今年初めにすでにホームロボットが何種類か登場した。

そして今、韓国を拠点とする Innovative Play Lab(아이피엘) が、

強力な AI のおかげで他社を超える知能をもつロボットを開発したという。


IPL 独自開発した AI を搭載した iJINi 声や顔を認識できる。

10年におよびロボット開発に従事している IPL の設立者兼 CEO Kyungwook Kim(김경욱)氏は、

ハードウェアインターフェースはまもなくタッチ操作ではな

く音声認識に基づくものになるだろうと考えている。


iJINi は、対面式の通話や不在時の家の監視が可能だ。

また赤ちゃんの寝返りを認識したり泣いた時に両親に通知したりと、

赤ちゃんの世話を手伝うこともできる。

ペアリングしたモバイルアプリに接続し、データはすべてクラウドで処理される。

20167月には、プロダクトデザイン部門でレッド・ドット賞を獲得している。


     

iJINiはバッテリー残量が少なくなるとチャージ・ステーションに戻ってくる
Image Credit: IPL


IPL は先週(11月第3週)、

国を拠点とする ROOBO との160億韓国ウォン(1,340万米ドル)相当の販売契約を発表した。

ROOBO は以前、IPL 対して220万米ドルの投資を行っている。


IPL がロボットシステムの設計と開発を担当し、

ROOBO がロボットの販売と中国国内における AI サービスを担当する。

ROOBO はまた、iJINi への O2O サービスの接続も予定しており、

所有者は iJINi 経由で食べ物を注文したりタクシーを呼んだりすることができるようになる。

同ロボットは来年初頭までに中国、タイ、韓国で発売される予定だ。


関連記事>

 

IPL は、ロボティクス向けに最適化された Android バージョンを開発した。

ロボティクスの開発者向けにツールセットを提供し、

ロボットに加えコンテンツの開発を助けることが目的だ。

IPL によると、このロボティクス API 発ツールは近くローンチ予定だという。

最終的に目指すのは、ロボット向けコンテンツエコシステムを提供するプラットフォームを構築することにある。


iJINi の主な競合は、アメリカ発の Jibo と、

フランスの Blue Frog Robotics が開発した家族向けのコンパニオンロボット Buddy だ。


だが IPL は、同社のクラウド AI がもつ適応性と拡張性で競争優位を確立できると見込んでいる。


“AI ロボットは、AI クラウドと、

提供するサービスと互換性があるハードウェアプラットフォームを必要とします。

弊社プラットフォームは他の AI プラットフォームと互換性があります。”(Kim 氏)


ソーシャルロボットを専門とする同社は家電市場をターゲットとし、

スマートホームロボットの構築を目指している。


“今のところ、人々はロボティクスの必要性をあまり感じていません。

だからこそ家電市場をターゲットとしているのです。

弊社は音声インターフェースを利用して情報をロボットに伝達したいと考えています。

ロボットを他の IoT とつなぎ、ユーザが他の家電を音声で管理できるようにすることを目指しています。”(Kim 氏)


IPL は韓国・未来創造科学部傘下の K-ICT Born2Global Center の支援を受けている。



 

 

via Technode @technodechina


【原文】


    http://thebridge.jp/2016/12/meet-ai-pet-robot-responds-voice

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