Disruption from the East: China and South Korea Going from Laggards to Leaders in Robotics Market

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By Lian Jye Su | 1Q 2019 | IN-5382


Finally, a 5G-Enabled Industrial Robot


At CES 2019 Naver, a South Korea based internet conglomerate whose core businesses include social media, payment, and navigation maps, debuted a 5G powered robotics arm called AMBIDEX. AMBIDEX is remotely controlled via commercial 5G network, with its control system located in the cloud.

In addition, Naver also launched AROUND G, an autonomous mobile robot that runs on Naver’s integrated location and mobility platform, known as eXtended Definition & Dimension Map. The map platform is capable of acquiring and refreshing a 3D/HD map, precise indoor and outdoor localization, and context-aware location information. All of these robotics solutions are developed by Naver Labs.

Center of Gravity Shifting Toward China


This is the first time Naver ever debuted any robotics solution, but it is a timely decision. South Korea has already had an operational commercial 5G network since December 2018, and all three domestic telcos are aggressively looking for new areas and use cases that require 5G. Although this is b…

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