Samsung could accelerate to release its GEMS Hips assistive robot exoskeleton as early as this fall, according to reports from the company’s home region, citing parts suppliers. The South Korean tech giant is currently focusing, sources say, on getting FDA certification in time for the launch.
What kind of robotic exoskeleton is Samsung Gems Hip?
As could be betrayed by the branding, Samsung plans to attach GEMS Hips – pictured above – to the wearer’s hips. Breaking down the acronym – GEMS stands for Gait Enhancing & Motivating System – reveals more details. In summary, GEMS Hip is a Samsung-built robotic exoskeleton that helps the wearer walk and move more efficiently. Just like the recent trend in robotic exoskeletons.
According to Samsung, according to the CES 2022 announcement, it can even reduce the effort it takes to walk. Specifically, the “metabolic cost” of walking and by about 24 percent. That’s while also increasing speed by up to 14 percent compared to walking without the exoskeleton.
The usability of Samsung GEMS Hips, conversely, will likely depend on whether the company can get FDA approval. If approved, the exoskeleton could see use cases ranging from factory and workplace environments to more medical-focused applications.
When exactly will this be announced?
In terms of a launch timeline, reports indicate that Samsung hopes to launch the new gadget soon. The company is aiming for roughly the same timetable as its annual flagship Unpacked event. If correct, it usually happens in August.
No pricing details have been disclosed at the time of writing. But it’s also unlikely that the gadget will be intended for general use. Instead, as noted above, it is more likely to find a home in business and medical environments. And that’s further evidenced by the number of units Samsung is said to be making initially. The sources estimate the number at about 50,000 planned units for the first run.
According to the source, the growth rate for the global wearable robot market is currently over 40 percent. And the US wearable robot market is resting at about 21 percent in terms of growth since 2016. So the number of units created by Samsung could grow. Although, again, that is if the company can get FDA approval.