Korean Institute of Industrial Technology Licenses Evolution Robotics' ViPR Vision...

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Korean Institute of Industrial Technology Licenses Evolution Robotics' ViPR Vision Recognition Technology

   ViPR Chosen by KITECH to be Included in their new Robot Platform
                       Software Development Kit
PASADENA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--Evolution Robotics, Inc., a leading provider of breakthrough
robotic technologies for consumer products, today announced that the
Korean Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) has licensed their
ViPR(R) visual pattern recognition technology for incorporation into
KITECH's national robot platform Software Development Kit (SDK). ViPR
will be included in KITECH's Center for Advanced Robotics Industrial
Infrastructures robot platform SDK which has been developed for Korean
robotic academic organizations. The SDK's goal is to expedite robotics
research, help reduce the cost and efforts associated with developing
object recognition functions, and also to avoid redundant investment
of resources in the development of new robotic technologies.

   "KITECH chose the ViPR object recognition technology for our
robotics platform because we believe it to be the most reliable
technology available," said Dr. Young Sun Ryuh, General Research
Manager of KITECH. "ViPR's reliability, coupled with its superior
performance, has made it one of the most popular vision technologies
in the world."

   "ViPR is opening up a new range of applications for vision
recognition in real world applications and is currently in use in more
than 2 million products ranging from cell phones to UAVs," said Yutaka
Yamamoto, General Manager of the Asia Division of Evolution Robotics.
"We're very excited to be working with KITECH and their efforts to put
ViPR into the hands of talented robotic developers throughout Korea."

   Evolution Robotics' ViPR technology provides a fast, reliable and
robust vision solution that truly gives electronic devices the ability
to detect and recognize complex visual patterns - in effect, to see. A
ViPR-enabled device can automatically detect and recognize visual
patterns using low-cost imagers like the ones found in the vast
majority of camera phones. The algorithms that make up the technology
are particularly robust and provide an unprecedented level of
reliability even with heavy distortions that can be introduced by
changes in viewpoint, a wide range of lighting conditions, and pattern
occlusions. ViPR technology has already been successfully deployed in
other robotic products to enable applications like autonomous
navigation, fraud detection, and target tracking in the consumer,
industrial and defense markets.

   KITECH will initially provide their robotics platform to a select
group of 25 academic organizations which will include several
universities and research firms.

   About Evolution Robotics, Inc.

   Evolution Robotics, Inc. is based in Pasadena, CA, and partners
with brand leaders to make their products smarter by providing
solutions for vision, autonomous navigation and intelligence. These
technologies are used worldwide for commercial and consumer use
including robotics toys, robotic vacuum cleaners, cell phone
applications, and grocery loss prevention together with partners
including Sony, Bandai, Sharper Image, and ER Retail. ER Retail is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Evolution Robotics, Inc. Evolution Robotics
is an operating company of Idealab, a creator and operator of
technology businesses. (http://www.evolution.com).

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