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Docent Gets A Name, KIST Works On Robot Wrists

South Korea’s museum guide robot known simply as Docent (photo at right) has been given a new name after a contest.  More than 200 children entered the contest, and after some deliberation the name “Muki” (an amalgamation of Museum and Kid) won out.  Muki is scheduled to give tours every morning and afternoon and has been a hit with the children.

Researchers at KIST are developing better arms and wrists for their household service robot, Mahru-Z, as part of a new pilot project to expand Korea’s domestic robot market.  The project will run for three years and has an estimated total budget of 100 Billion KRW ($89 Million USD).

[source: Naver (KR)] & [Digital Times (KR)]