The Top 5 From South Korea’s Olympic Robot Team

Robotic Fish, Headless Ski-bots and a 29-language Translating Assistant made their debuts at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, making this past event anything but ordinary!

These Olympics marked one of the first times in history that robots have been put to work! But not just any Robot could make the cut. Jun-ho Oh, Director of the Institute for Robotics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, (KAIST), has set strict rules for these Futuristic Olympic Participants. Referred to as “Oh’s Three Laws of Olympic Robotics”, each contender had to:

  1. Do something new
  2. Be useful
  3. Not make trouble

Featuring 8 companies, 85 robots, and over $1.5 million in sponsorship from the South Korean Government, some of these teams had been working on robotics projects for the Olympics since 2016.

Here, we count down our Top 5 robots and AI software that won Gold in people’s hearts:

#5 Robot Aquariums

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With the ability to swim 16m underwater and an uncanny ability to avoid aquarium walls, these groups of swimming robotic seabream and carp fish even come with radio-based antennas to help guide them back to their schools if they get lost. 

#4 Robot Ski Competition

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With a $10,000 prize for the winner, these headless ski-bots showed off their skills as they maneuver their way down a 200m slope. With 8 racers braving the strong winds, TaekwonV robot proved that size really doesn’t matter as the smallest competitor in the race took home the big prize. See more pictures here

#3 Future Robot- Furo-D robot

Smart technology equipped with state of the art dance moves. With 30 Furo-D Robots roaming around the pavilion, spectators were both entertained and well informed! Robo-D brought crowds wherever she went, directing and translating guests’ questions. She also found moments to showcase songs and dance moves (and was even spotted interacting with a famous Boy Band), making her a well-rounded hit!

#2 GenieTalk

Non-Korean speakers, worry no more! Genie software can translate up to 29 languages, and can be downloaded on to your smart phone or tablet making communication a breeze. The apps participants doubled from 600,000 to 1.2 million over the span of the Olympics, showing how greatly communication is being innovated to be more inclusive among world-wide events!

#1 Hubo

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Hubo was the first robot torch bearer of the Olympics. Standing 47 inches tall and capable of walking 65 paces per minute, Hubo’s initial job was as a Rescue Mission robot. But as the Olympics saw, he had the honour of running 150m, pulling a stunt of cutting through a wall, and then passed on the torch to Professor Oh himself. See more about Hubo here

Which Olympic Robot would you like to see in your homes & businesses?


With #CES ending, we are back at the VTRAC Robotics office, and it looks like we may have added a few friends to our team! Equipped with top of line technology, and some of the most lovable personalities, work now all of a sudden doesn’t feel like “work” after all.

Introducing our newest addition to our office: They promote, inform, educate, entertain, and can even serve you that well needed 9am coffee! And let’s be honest, how can you say no to a cute robot bringing you your morning coffee, and moving all that stuff around in the office (the same stuff that no one else wants to do)?

Please welcome some of the many new faces to VTRAC Robotics, and stay tuned for some big reveals coming soon (in the meantime, here are a few more photos of CES Moments)!

Do you see your business/home with some of these robots?

#robotics #tech #ces2018

The Pursuit of the Perfect Robot Partner: S1:E5

Kon’nichiwa from Japan!

Upon arriving to one of my favourite cities, Tokyo did not fall short in impressing me. #IREX was everything you could imagine and more! New company releases, and returning big brands such as #Panasonic, #Toyota, #Hitachi, and #Yaskawa, were all coming in hot! Of course, it was easy to have your eyes drawn to the brands we all know, but I was fascinated by a couple of other things:

1. The educational culture surrounding Robotics and AI not only plays a huge role in advancing the Robotic Culture, but it also imbeds students with a high level of PRACTICAL and innovative thinking. University students had many solutions to problems that some large companies have yet to explore!

2. Electronics consume children at such a young age. I watched a child in the middle of a busy convention, completely uninterested at everything around him other than his game. He had yet to lift his head up when I passed him!

3. Innovations that continue to enable humans instead of replacing them are huge trends! Robotic wearables on your back that enable you to lift heavy boxes with little effort, and wheelchairs that are mind-controlled were just a few ideas that will change our everyday lives!

#Robotics #AI #IT

Finding New Ways For Machines to See

Will machines be able to look at the world like humans do? Maybe one day, and Toronto is the starting point! Read more Here!



The Pursuit of the Perfect Robot Partner: S1:E4

Wrapped up in China with a bang! From visiting 20-employee Robot start-ups led by some brilliant Stanford minds, to the largest Robot Company in China with over 3200 employees, it was amazing to see the wide spectrum of offerings! Topped it all off with one day at Automechanika Shanghai, taking an industrial view of Robotics and AI innovation. I even got the opportunity to see a robot that cleans and paints ships (both on vertical and curved surfaces), and an advanced diagnostic wheel alignment robot with extreme sensors that benefit the auto industry. Talk about innovative!

After packing my bags, and heading to the airport, it is now time to fly to Tokyo for the IREX Convention to see the reveal of some more Robots. I love Tokyo and am very excited for this up coming week’s adventure! Let’s Go!

#Robotics #AI #Tech #IREX

The Pursuit of The Perfect Robot Partner S1:E3

Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and back to Shanghai for round two. It has been a busy few days, but China never fails to amaze me! These past couple of days felt as if I was within a Silicon Valley environment, filled with communities of professionals who are so passionate about Robotics, it resonated in everything they do. And what was I up to the last few days? Absolutely everything! From testing Robots to 6-hour brainstorm sessions discussing North American strategies; exploring humanoid factories to interacting with the future of service-robots. I got the pleasure of enjoying dinners with locals, and even managed to attempt to eat a scorpion (I have pictures to prove it)! I was mesmerized by the breathtaking lakes in the middle of city centres, and shocked at how riding a 450km speed train feels smoother than some of the local airplane carriers (haha).

China breathes advancement, and Robotics is just one example of how dedicated the people are to improve tomorrow’s future. What a great start to the next chapter of VTRAC Robotics Corporation.

A big thank you to everyone for all your positive encouragement, feedback and follow-ups! Stay tuned for the remainder of my China trip, and the journey onto Japan! #Robotics #AI #Tech

The Pursuit of the Perfect Robot Partner: S1:E2

It has been a crazy three days so far! First stop: Hong Kong! From the vibrant markets full of mouth-watering food, to the electronic malls packed with innovative products, Hong Kong was quite the introduction to China.

A quick bus ride later and I settled into my home in Shenzhen for the next four days. So far, I have made seven pit stops, including the China High Tech Exhibition! The place is massive, and can serve over 400,000 people! I even managed to spend some quality time with the adorable Robot, Pudding (you’re lying if you don’t think she’s cute). Bonus points for her wearing my favourite colour… green!

One more day left in this beautiful city and I will be spending time with an engineering consulting firm who has provided design, engineering and project management for 30 robot projects! The question still remains—who will be VTRAC Robotics Corporation Perfect Partner? Please stay tuned for the next episode to find out!

#Robotics #AI #Tech

The Pursuit of the Perfect Robot Partner: Season 1:1

For over 300 days, you have been asking me day-in, and day-out, what would be the best Robot? After thousands of hours of working with my team evaluating, testing, and deploying, I am now on the road again to answer that very question!

As most of you know, last summer, I had an epic marathon looking for partners in Europe. This time around, I’m going to Asia! 22 days, 27 stops, and 7 cities. Featuring companies from China, Japan and Korea, who will step up to the plate and be VTRAC Robotics next partner? Stay tuned for Season 1 of “The Pursuit of the Perfect Robot Partner”. It kind of has a good ring to it, doesn’t it?

Coming November 2017 to a LinkedIn Newsfeed near you.

#Robotics #AI #Tech

CES 2018 Big Reveals!

According to Robotics on the Agenda for CES 2018 we have some fascinating robots to look out for next year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas! There really is a robot for any need! Now all we are waiting for is a way to be able to communicate with our pets when we are not home…

Five Lessons That Our CEO Learn’t at Money 20/20

With Money 20/20 coming to a close, I found the 4-day event full of lessons that I brought back to Toronto. Here are just a few of the many takeaways that hit home the most:

  1. The 20/20 Community is full of brilliant minds that want to share their successes and experiences with whomever they meet. Each day, I found myself talking to passionate leaders who breathe collaboration, and got me just as excited about their ventures, as they were about mine.
  2. FinTech and AI co-exist with each other in today’s day and age, and offer never before seen value. At first glance, VTRAC Robotics came off as a non-traditional exhibit surrounded by Financial Institutions. But upon further evaluation, it became clear that AI is the hottest trend in FinTech, which is not so far off from what we do. Exploring new ways that Robotics could be applied to 20/20 businesses (and beyond) was an eye opening experience, and through this, we learnt new-found value to better serve our current clients and future markets.
  3. Start-ups are succeeding in satisfying distinct technological needs with a hugely positive outlook from clients. Everywhere I went, I found eager start-ups, ready to share their unique positioning to the world. Their creativity and ambition was outstanding, but I was especially impressed with the positive outlooks from the public. Big houses are now being faced with a challenge to continually innovate and provide added value, as start-ups are forming micro companies with macro aspirations and markets. Clients are not limited to the few big corporations, and now have endless options with start-ups… and I love it!
  4. People love dancing robots. VTRAC Robotics took a risk coming to this convention as a Robotics company, but we were humbled to have had interested spectators interact with our baby robot every day. People sometimes misinterpret the innovations of Robotics as dangerous. The positive benefits are endless, including multiple implications within the education, healthcare, retail, and entertainment industries (and even financial), where capturing novel engagement is essential to success.We were happy to get the crowds dancing, interacting and most importantly getting a small taste of the many solutions that our Robots offer.
  5. During Industry Night, our fellow techies showed to be not only brilliant minds during the day, but dancers at night… but maybe we should all stick to our day jobs!

This is only the beginning of VTRAC Robotics’ journey. A special thanks to the Ontario Team, and my booth neighbour Richard, for being full of spirit and making this event one for the books! We are incredibly excited to see what events and lessons the 2018 year has in store for us! #money2020 #startups #AI #Robotics #FinTech