Germany’s Kuka plans move into world of personal assistant robots

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 that acquired it for €4.5bn last year. Till Reuter, Kuka chief executive since 2009, told the FT he sees potential to draw on Midea’s consumer expertise to create robots that would help out on household tasks.

“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.”

Kuka is best known for its orange robot arms used to build cars for Tesla and Porsche — as seen in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day. It has never built humanoid robots such as SoftBank’s Pepper, the “day-to-day companion”.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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