Samsung has been working on an assistive wearable robot for the past few years. It obtained an international safety certification for the device in September 2020. Called the GEMS Hip (GEMS stands for Gait Enhancing and Motivating System), the company planned to launch it this year. However, the Korean media reports that the launch has been delayed. The robot will now arrive in early 2024, likely at CES 2024, with a different name—Bot Fit.
Samsung’s wearable robot Bot Fit is coming in early 2024
According to a new report coming out from Samsung’s homeland, the Korean behemoth has completed the development of the Bot Fit. It has also completed field testing of the product with its executives and has sent sample units to its partners for further testing. However, the company no longer plans to proceed with its original plan of releasing the device in 2023.
Samsung co-CEO and the head of the company’s device experience division, Jong-hee Han, has confirmed that the Bot Fit will go official in early 2024, South Korean publication Financial News reports. While the executive didn’t reveal a precise launch date, industry experts believe the firm is looking to unveil the wearable robot at CES 2024. The 2024 edition of the annual electronics show will take place in Las Vegas from January 9-12.
“We have already completed a pilot test with executives and employees,” the report quotes an official familiar with the matter. “We understand that the product will be released in the first half of next year.” The official’s words suggest the Bot Fit won’t be available for purchase immediately after its unveiling in January. We might hear more about it in the coming weeks as Samsung puts the final touches on the product.
Bot Fit will assist older people or those with limited mobility
Bot Fit is a walking assistance robot that will help older people or those with limited mobility move around easily and more comfortably. It offers two modes: Booster and Aqua. The Booster mode is for people with difficulty in walking because of leg or back injuries. The Aqua mode recreates the effect of walking in water and is ideal for use for rehabilitation purposes.
The wearable robot can connect with Samsung smartphones, watches, and earbuds for easy control. You will get instructions and advice through the paired Galaxy Buds. It automatically records any physical changes resulting from its use, giving you an insight into your progress. Some Samsung executives have reportedly already purchased the product, so it may be quite effective at the job it’s set out to do. We will have to wait a few more months for the public validation.