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Nobody can deny that Korea is usually ahead of its time when it comes to technology and science, so it's not odd to hear that the country's Ministry of Information and Communication have announced that it will be launching what is called an "intelligent service robot" program to pump up robotic development for the public. This will include robots for entertainment, education and household chores and the concept will be based on information technology, meaning that it will be network-based. The point is to offer low-cost robots by just adding network functions to robots that already exist (like the LG Roboking vacuum or the Yujin Robotics Robot Cleaner, both pricey products right now). It seems Korean robotic technologies is actually running behind Japan and even the US, leaving them to cull their core components for previous robots from other countries. So hopefully, this will change things once it's up and running.

Low-cost machines to be available next year [Korea Herald]