LOUNGE’LAB, a robot service startup, announced on July 12 that it will operate a robot barista named ‘BARIS Brew’ exclusively for delivery coffee at Lounge X Mapo, a barista-robot collaboration cafe.


BARIS Brew is an automated robot service that can handle the entire process of beverage manufacturing without human assistance, using robotic arms and beverage dispensers to automate the process of brewing, canning, sealing, and delivering to customers. Except for water and ice, up to three raw materials, such as coffee, juice, and milk can be distributed through the dispenser to produce mixed drinks like cold brew and cafe au lait. If the customer selects the amount and concentration of ice, it is also possible to manufacture customized beverages.

This new robot is designed to be in charge of drink delivery as the number of customers who prefer delivery orders instead of in-person store visits increases. Because BARIS will take care of making drinks for delivery, the barista can solely focus on on-site orders, reducing the workload considerably.


LOUNGE’LAB CEO Sungjae Hwang said, “This version of BARIS Brew is a fully unmanned robot that can be installed in a small space, so as to increase efficiency.”


The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Oct. 13 held a demonstration of a noncontact delivery service featuring drones and autonomous robots on Jangdo Island off the coast of Yeosu, Jeollanam-do Province. The photo shows a delivery robot used at the event. (GS Caltex)

By Kim Young Deok and Yoon Sojung
Video = GX Caltex

A drone on the morning of Oct. 13 flew high over a gas station in the Soho-dong neighborhood of Yeosu, Jeollanam-do Province. After loading a few items, the drone automatically ascended to about 80 m and crossed the sea to arrive on Jangdo Island 900 m from the mainland.

When it approached a grassy field on the island, it descended vertically until it was 1 m from the ground and landed.

An autonomous robot was waiting for the drone and when the latter arrived, the robot opened its cargo box so that the drone could drop its load and return to the gas station. The robot then traveled 700 m to its final destination of Creative Studio. Delivery time took about 10 minutes.

This was the noncontact delivery service featuring drones and robots that was jointly demonstrated by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute.

The event showed the nation's first delivery service that uses drones and autonomous robots.

Having demonstrated in June a lunchbox delivery service using drones on Jeju Island, the ministry this time made an upgrade from the previous event by adding robots to overcome the limited accessibility of drones in places deemed hard to approach, such as crowded areas or indoors.

The drones were made by Neon Tech and the robots by Unmanned Solution. A drone can load up to 5 kg of items and fly 30-60 km per hour for up to 30 minutes. A robot can hold up to 150 kg of cargo and run for up to five hours at a speed of 5 km per hour.





By Xu Aiying and Lee Jihae
Videos = Xu Aiying, dal.komm YouTube channel
Seoul | Oct. 8, 2020

"I'm so busy, so busy." 

Robots on Oct. 8 looked quite busy at the Yeoksam Station branch of No Brand Burger in Seoul's Gangnam-gu District. A cooking robot was baking buns and frying patties based on order sequence and menu item. After cooking, it piled the food on a robot server.

The monitor on the robot server's head showed the order number and the sentence "A delicious menu is on its way." The robot moved through the tables and went toward the pick-up zone, where customers were waiting. As soon as it reached the pick-up zone, its screen read, "Enjoy your meal." The customer then checked the order number and picked up the food.

Opening on Sept. 8, the branch installed robot servers to stem COVID-19 by minimizing contact between staff and customers.

Customers watched the robot go back and forth between the counter, where buns and patties were prepared, and the pick-up zone.

Office worker Lee Myeong-geun said, "I'm increasingly worried about contact with other people because of COVID-19. So I think a robot server is a practical but fun idea."


As COVID-19 has ushered in a noncontact era, robots have gone from undergoing test trials at large coffee franchises to becoming more common in daily life. They are often seen at regular restaurants, and their role has been expanded to aiding chefs instead of just serving.

Robert Chicken, also located in Gangnam-gu, has two robot chefs. When an order is made, one covers the chicken in batter and the other fries the chicken.

The staff ensures that the fried food is not stuck together, sees if any ingredients are missing and packs the food. This store allows only delivery and takeout and can cook up to more than 100 chickens a day.

Robots also serve as baristas making coffee at cafes. Beat, a robot cafe at Lotte World Mall in Seoul's Songpa-gu District, has a robotic barista named Robin that moves its arms to lift cups, insert ice and extract coffee.

Through the window, the robot can be seen making coffee, and it even smiles at customers. It receives orders through a mobile app and kiosk and can customize the type of coffee bean, amount of syrup and density of the coffee based on customer preferences.

Given the expansion of noncontact culture due to COVID-19, Beat will expand to shopping malls, colleges, apartment complexes and highway rest areas, and thus do the same for its robot barista.





The outdoor self-delivery robot Dilly Drive delivers food to Gwanggyo Alleyway, an apartment complex with public facilities on the lower floors and residences on the upper ones, in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do Province. (Woowa Brothers Corp.)

By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae

The nation's first outdoor autonomous robot for food delivery, Dilly Drive, has been launched.

Woowa Brothers Corp., which runs the food delivery app Baedal Minjok, on Aug. 18 announced the start of trial runs of the gizmo at Gwanggyo Alleyway, an apartment complex in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do Province, with public facilities on the lower floors and residential areas on the upper ones.

The service is available to both visitors and residents of the complex, and the app can be used by residents and visitors to the plaza to order from restaurants and cafes in the complex.

When an order is made, the robot moves to the restaurant. A staff member puts food in the robot and presses the "Depart" button, after which the robot delivers food to the ordering customer. The customer can receive the food either on the first floor of the apartments or an outdoor table in the plaza.

The six-wheeled Dilly Drive moves at 4-5 km per hour, or about the speed of a walking person. With a light used to delivery at night, the robot can deliver about six lunchboxes or 12 drinks per trip.

Five of these robots will be run through late this month weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The operating hours will be gradually expanded.

Woowa Brothers plans to advance the technology for Dilly Drive and by the first half of next year, it will develop a robot that delivers in front of a customer's door.



by Hyunjin Choi


Have you ever got impatient at solving a puzzle cube and easily given it up, not knowing how to solve it forever? eX-Mars, the smartest puzzle cube, will never let you give up on it, delivering the most fun time to you.


eX-Mars is the state-of-the-art intelligent puzzle cube combined with the robot technology. It adds the smartest fun to the classic cube, operating with six motorized actuating wheels.


It has diverse functions for cubers at all levels from beginners to experts: Learning Mode, Playback Function, Solution Recording, Step-By-Step Instructions, Ghost & Blind Solving, Time Recording, and Auto Scrambling function. It also acts as an alarm clock, a dancing music player, a self-running solver, and intelligent dice.


eX-Mars is currently on Kickstarter and scheduled to crowdfund at Indiegogo from November 15th.





President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 visited the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) to see a presentation on the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy. He is seen here trying a high-tech floor designed by the Korean company HNJ that transforms kinetic energy into electricity when users step on the tiles with footprints.

President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 visited the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) to see a presentation on the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy. He is seen here trying a high-tech floor designed by the Korean company HNJ that transforms kinetic energy into electricity when users step on the tiles with footprints.

By Min Yea-Ji and Yoon Sojung 
Photos = Cheong Wa Dae

Korea’s smart city of the future will allow residents to save up to 124 hours a year, including 60 hours on the road, 20 hours in administrative transactions and five hours waiting for medical consultation at hospitals. 

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Feb. 13 gave a presentation on the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) in Korea’s largest port city. Targeting the cities of Busan and Sejong, the plan will have construction begin this year and the cities opened from late 2021. 

Sejong aims to boost living convenience through the introduction of mobility services such as transportation sharing and autonomous driving, while reducing the number of motor vehicles.

Sejong city will have smart mobility roads featuring the expanded use of self-driving and transportation-sharing vehicles, electric cars and bicycles, while limiting the use of gas-powered personal cars. Smart traffic lights and crosswalks will also enhance pedestrian safety.

Sejong will also offer advanced health care services like the delivery of first-aid kits via emergency drones, transmission of patient data through video links within ambulances and customized medical services depending on a patient’s condition. 

President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 in a speech calls a smart city “the place where our lives will become safer and more enriched” at a presentation for the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy at BEXCO in the southern port city.

President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 in a speech calls a smart city “the place where our lives will become safer and more enriched” at a presentation for the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy at BEXCO in the southern port city.

Residents of the smart city in Busan can enjoy a more efficient and safer lifestyle thanks to the inclusion of robots in their daily routines. The robots will help people park cars, serve as personal assistants backed by artificial intelligence, help with logistical distribution and offer medical services at rehabilitation centers for the disabled. 

President Moon Jae-in attended the presentation and looked around the surrounding booths, saying, "(A smart city) is the place where our lives will become safer and more enriched." 

"An integrated safety management system utilizing Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies will make it possible to immediately notify the general public of information on disasters such as earthquakes and fire and dispatch fire trucks within five minutes," he added. 

"The urban crime rate can be reduced by 25 percent and traffic accidents by 50 percent." 

For smoother operation of smart city construction and related projects, the government announced improvements to related regulations and the possible introduction of a "regulatory sandbox" for smart cities. 

The smart city project is part of Korea’s aggressive effort to take the global lead in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In January last year, the country set up the world’s first pilot complex of smart city apartments at the national level and enacted related laws. 



A visitor tries out life in a smart city through some VR gear at the Busan Eco-Delta City booth,

at the DMC Hi-Tech Industry Center in Seoul on July 16. (Yonhap News)



By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin


John Doe, a resident of the "smart city" of Sejong City, commutes to work in an autonomous car. Thanks to new AI systems that analyze traffic and navigate through the fastest route possible, his trip is stress-free and relaxing. As he arrives at work, a drone delivers a few books and some tomatoes that were grown at a "smart farm" and which were bought with his Sejong Coin digital currency.


Jane Doe, living in the "smart city" of Busan, paid almost nothing for her electricity bill last month, despite the freezing weather, thanks to eco-friendly energy sources. Also, she no longer buys drinking water because she can drink purified, clean tap water straight from the city water supply system.


These are two of the Moon Jae-in administration’s blue prints for "smart cities," urban areas that enhance major government services in the city with state-of-the-art IT.


The Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on July 16 announced plans for pilot projects that will build new "smart city" developments in the cities of Sejong City and Busan by 2021.


According to the plan, a 2.74-square-kilometer development in Sejong City’s block No. 5-1, a little smaller than the size of Yeouido island in Seoul, will become a car-sharing zone. Inside that zone, residents will commute using shared self-driving cars or on bicycles. They will also make payments using digital currencies that make use of blockchain technologies. Finally, the new development will also feature drones and robots that will deliver parcels and even offer first aid.


Busan’s new Eco-Delta City, a 2.19-square-kilometer development, will become an eco-friendly neighborhood that uses water from the Nakdonggang River and the Pyeonggangcheon Stream for energy and for drinking. The water will be used to generate hydrothermal energy, which will help residents save on their electricity bills, and the neighborhood will have water treatment facilities that are adapted to high-rise buildings and their water supply needs.


“We aim to boost the quality of life for the citizens by applying cutting-edge technology to the urban landscape,” said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. “We will successfully launch such 'smart cities' and share our experiences operating them with the global community.”


Detailed action plans for the pilot projects will be established by December after getting feedback from the public and private entities.






By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Jihye
Video = Park Jang-bhin
Icheon l March 8, 2018

A high-tech curling match recently took place between a human team and a specially designed curling robot.

The Ministry of Science and ICT hosted the match between an up-and-coming men’s curling team and the robot, appropriately named Curly, at the Curling Center of Korea Paralympic Committee (KPC) Icheon Training Center on March 8. The robot was developed by some 60 researchers from eight institutions, including Korea University and the Ulsan National Institute of Science andTechnology (UNIST). 


A stone thrown by Curly the curling robot heads into the house during a match against a human team, at a national curling center in Icheon on March 8. (Ministry of Science and ICT)

In the first ever curling match in the world against a robot, Curly played two games against a high school team from the Chuncheon Mechanical and Technological High School in Gangwon-do Province.

In the first game, Curly won 1:0. The robot figured out the rules in general, just as a human would, and threw a series of great take outs to score.

In the second game, the high school team won 3:0. The human team only used its sweeping skills and scored one point in the first end, and won the second end as well with two points, in which both teams only threw their stones without sweeping. 


The engineers in charge of Curly check the stadium and ice conditions during a preliminary round for 30 minutes before the main game. An engineer examines the practice throws using the software program CurlBrain. (Park Jang-bhin)

However, the robot showed better performance than expected. This was possible as it has collected data and studied it all in-depth. Curly used the 1,321 records of the strategy used in international curling games and built its game data base of 160,000 throws based on date from between 2014 and 2017. Nevertheless, uncertainty arose from the subtle difference in temperature and humidity at the venue, giving the high school team victory.

Professor Lee Seong-whan of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Engineering at Korea University, part of the research team, said, “A perfect throw is practically impossible because of various problems like ice conditions. Once a sweeper robot is developed to reduce errors as much as possible, in autumn this year, accuracy concerning draws, take-outs and other strategy building plans is expected to be much greater.”

Kim Jae-won, who played on the high school team, said, “I thought the game against a robot would be more boring than against humans, but it was rather exciting. Practicing with robots like Curly will help improve our skills.”

Curly was developed with support from the Ministry of Science and ICT in April last year. The research team aims to build a sweeping robot and raise its throwing skills to a professional level by December.



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IPL's "IJini" social robot is created through a combination of robotics technology, IoT and speech recognition.

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Equipped with auto charging solution, video call messaging capabilities and many more.

Cute and functional iJini will be available in the first half of 2018.





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