|Se-Kyong Song, CEO FutureRobot|
Robotic Entrepreneurs Spirit
Se-Kyong Song, CEO of Korean FutureRobot predicts that the next trend after the smartphone will be robots. He started the company in 2009 with the dream to become the first successful robot CEO. FutureRobot develops service robot called FURO-K that function as a friendly mobile kiosk. The company claims that people often prefer to wait in line to speak with a human employee rather than using an intimidating kiosk, so it has been designed to look cute and inviting. Furthermore, instead of sitting in a corner, the robot scoots around greeting customers in a synthesized voice to explain its features. In 2012 the company received a purchase order from Brazil for 100 hundred FURO robots. That version of the robot has an anime-inspired female face and can function as a waitress. The plan is to deploy the robots as mobile advertisement and information kiosks at various Brazilian venues, such as airports and malls. The company has also sold units to Japan, China, and France.
Check out the Furo at the Etland Mall.