X

Fishy bots reel in the masses at Yeosu Expo (pictures)

It's plain to see that South Korea loves robots. At the 2012 Expo in Yeosu, people are lining up for hours to see these machines.

Tim Hornyak
Crave freelancer Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots." He has been writing about Japanese culture and technology for a decade. E-mail Tim.
Tim Hornyak
Eve_top.JPG
1 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Tomorrow's Eve

Though it's been criticized for being dull and disorganized, the 2012 Yeosu Expo in South Korea is drawing as many as 112,000 people a day who line up at pavilions selling visions of the future. At the Robot Pavilion, which draws lines of two to three hours despite temperatures near 100 degrees, visitors are greeted by EveR-4, a humanoid robot created by the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (Kitech).
Robot_pavilion.JPG
2 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

House o' bots

Sponsored by one of the world's largest shipbuilders, the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) robot pavilion presents more than 70 bots, some of which are sea-related in line with the 2012 Yeosu Expo's theme of "The Living Ocean and Coast."

The show feels like a precursor of South Korea's much-heralded Robotland theme park, scheduled to open in 2016 near Seoul.

Eve1.JPG
3 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Fully functional?

Billed as an "edutainment robot," EveR-4 is the latest generation in a series of humanoids from Kitech that go back to 2005. Its 30 face actuators allow a wide range of expressions, while its 47 joints give it graceful upper-body movement. It can manage basic conversations in Korean.
Navi2.JPG
4 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Heavy duty

Navi is more of a fantasy prop than a robot, but this 21-foot, one-ton colossus can move its hands, arms, shoulders, and head. It's on display in the DSME Marine Theater room showcasing deep-sea mining technologies.
Crab_robot.JPG
5 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Robo-crustaceans

Coll is one of several biomimetic concept bots in the Marine Theater. It has crablike pincers and is designed to collect seabed minerals 19,000 feet below the waves.

DSME says that deep-sea reserves of copper, manganese, nickel, and cobalt could last an estimated 10,000 years.

Robo_Thespian.JPG
6 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Encore performance

Engineering Arts' RoboThespian joined the fun at the 2012 Expo in Yeosu, orating in Korean about robots while looking decidedly devilish. The cyber-performer has been doing gigs of late in Taiwan, London, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.
Robo_soccer.JPG
7 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Bend it like a bot

DARwin-OP bots go toe-to-toe in a soccer match at the robot pavilion. The little humanoids are manufactured by South Korea's Robotis and developed in collaboration with U.S. universities.
Dancing_robots.JPG
8 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Cutting capers

Onlookers record a dance performance by a variety of small humanoid kit robots at the 2012 Yeosu Expo.
Nao.JPG
9 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Nao or never?

Aldebaran Robotics' Nao humanoid robot has some quiet time in the robot pavilion's Zone One, which has a few bots from various countries.
Robot_fish2.JPG
10 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Catch of the day

One highlight of the robot pavilion is a school of robot fish. Apparently developed by DSME, the seven silvery fish swim in a very lifelike fashion and shoot light beams from their snouts to navigate.
Romela2.JPG
11 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Humanoids among us

Virginia Tech's CHARLI (aka Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence) greets kids in the robot pavilion. The 5-foot droid was first unveiled two years ago and billed as the first full-size autonomous humanoid robot in the U.S.
Talking_heads.JPG
12 of 12 Tim Hornyak/CNET

Mero yellow

Developed by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology's Center for Intelligent Robotics, Mero is a talking head designed to instruct and entertain. It can recognize people's faces and expressions via its camera, and respond appropriately with its own expressive face. It's been proposed as an English-teaching aid, elder care device, and entertainment droid.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos