Industrial Robotics Manufacturer Kuka Plans Move into Personal Assistant Robots

Published by , June 19, 2017 12:25 pm

(FinancialTimes) Kuka, Germany’s largest maker of industrial robotics, plans an ambitious move into the world of personal assistant robots with the help of Midea, the Chinese appliance maker. Till Reuter, Kuka CEO told FT, “Midea is not doing any robotics or automation, so Kuka is automation for Midea,” he said. “And they are very well connected to the consumer industry. So together we want to do consumer robotics.”
Mr Reuter said the consumer industry is developing “much faster” than the industrial side. His hope is that Midea, which makes everything from bladeless fans to air conditioners, will be able to combine forces with “German DNA” and build robots for home use.

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