Samsung's wearable walking assistance robot delayed until the end of the year

The launch schedule of Samsung's wearable walking assistance robot "GEMS Hip" planned to be launched in August will be postponed until the end of the year. GEMS Hip is Samsung's first wearable robot unveiled at CES 2019. The robot can be worn on the hip joint and can provide the wearer with more than 20% of the walking force when walking, and the walking speed can be increased by 10%. It is certified according to the international standard ISO 13482 and its safety is guaranteed. Samsung has also developed GEMS robots, which can be worn on the knees and ankles.

The Samsung GEMS Hip was originally designed for medical use, but the company later expanded its use to general sports products. Wearing this robotic device and walking around can have the effect of PT rehabilitation training. Samsung Electronics is expected to launch two GEMS Hip products, one for sports and one for medical use.

The production of the robot will be handled by Samsung Electronics' main partners, and key components are expected to be sourced from domestic companies as well, and some partners have already started mass production of robot parts.

Starting next year, Samsung Electronics will nurture a new robotics business as a future growth business. To this end, at the beginning of last year, Samsung established a Robotics Task Force (TF) under the direct control of the head of the Consumer Electronics (CE) division. At the end of this year, the robot commercialization TF was upgraded to the robot business team. Jong-hee Han, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, announced at the regular shareholder meeting in March that he would develop robotics as a new business.

After launching medical and sports robots, Samsung is expected to quickly expand its product lineup to service robots such as service robots, which will rapidly expand the market. The service robot market is expected to grow at an average annual rate of nearly 30 percent over the next four years, according to market research firm Counterpoint Research.

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