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South Korean company Hyodol receives Innovative Connected Health and Wellbeing Award at MWC 2024

Updated: Mar 7

South Korean company Hyodol nominated for Innovative Connected Health Tech Award at MWC 2024
Source: Hyodol youtube video

Hyodol, a pioneering South Korean care robot company, won the "Best Mobile Innovation for Connected Health and Wellbeing" award at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, according to MWC 2024, Barcelona.

Specializing in the development of doll-shaped robots integrated with cutting-edge features such as mobile communication modules, processors, a variety of sensors, and speakers, Hyodol has garnered significant attention. Powered by advanced artificial intelligence based on large language models, the Hyodol robot can engage in verbal conversations with its human counterparts.

The design of the Hyodol robot, resembling that of a small child, has sparked interest, particularly from local governments in South Korea, owing to its potential to support the elderly population. Helping such as medication reminders, encouragement for exercise, and participation in recreational activities like singing and memory games, the Hyodol robot is viewed as a multifaceted solution. Additionally, its ability to detect prolonged periods of inactivity and promptly alert control centers enhances safety measures for users.

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) confirmed Hyodol's nomination for the "Best Mobile Innovation for Connected Health and Wellbeing" category at the MWC Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO), according to information released on February 20.

In South Korea, approximately 7,000 Hyodol robots have been deployed to the homes of elderly individuals living alone, providing crucial support and companionship. Embraced by local governments at both provincial and county levels, Hyodol is seen as an innovative solution to address social challenges stemming from the nation's rapidly aging society. Furthermore, the robot is actively contributing to the treatment of dementia patients at a university hospital in Gangwon province.

Kim Ji-hee, CEO of Hyodol, expressed the significance of global recognition for AI-based care robots in South Korea's domestic market, stating, "Starting with our participation in MWC, we will officially launch Hyodol robots in the European and North American markets in the second half of 2024," in Aju Korea Daily’s reporting. Kim emphasized the company's commitment to introducing healthcare platform services aimed at enhancing the quality of life and health of seniors worldwide.

Hyodol's capabilities extend beyond mere functionality, as it fosters genuine interactions akin to those between family members. Addressing the needs of elderly individuals living alone, the robot serves as a constant companion, offering reminders for medication intake, encouragement for physical activity, and engaging in stimulating cognitive exercises. Its ability to detect abnormalities and promptly notify caregivers contributes significantly to the well-being of its users, particularly in combating the rising issue of lonely deaths among the elderly population.

Driven by a vision to provide holistic care solutions, Hyodol is continuously evolving its offerings. By leveraging advancements in artificial intelligence and cloud computing, the company aims to develop robots capable of two-way communication, further enhancing their utility and relevance in addressing the evolving needs of aging populations globally. With plans to expand into international markets and tailor its offerings to diverse linguistic preferences, Hyodol is poised to revolutionize the landscape of elderly care on a global scale.

Source: Aju Korea Daily, MWC 2024, Barcelona


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