2016 was such a great year for robotics. A lot of progresses were made in various fields, and more and more people have started to realize how robotics can improve work, education, and life. But this is nothing compared to what will happen in 2017. In this year of robotics, many ideas will be transformed into actions and real advances!
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- Although some industry observers predicted that 2016 would be the year of the social robot, this year is more likely to see robots spread into more workplaces, public areas, and even homes.
- Small and midsize enterprises are most likely to benefit from the spread of collaborative robots, but costs will remain a challenge.
- Advances in safety, machine learning, and applications will make cobots, drones, and service robots more user-friendly. French startup Niryo is working to include these capabilities in its own robot.
Here are several ways in which 2017 will be the year of robotics:
Cobots spread in industry
As I discussed in a previous post, current industrial robots are way too expensive and not user-friendly. That was totally normal until a few years ago, when some companies started to launch collaborative robots.
Well, what if we tell you that cobots are just getting started? Robotic co-workers will likely revolutionize industry, particularly for small and midsize businesses.
Robots become accessible for everyday life
Cobots are starting to change a lot of things in the industry. But what about small companies, schools, universities, and people’s homes? If you thought that robots for home are just a thing you see in movies, then be prepared for 2017, the year of robotics.
At Niryo, we want to be a part of this revolution. For us, accessible means two things: affordable and user-friendly. That’s why we put all our efforts to meet those two requirements on our robot, Niryo One, which will be launched this year.
There are many other startups developing robots for the general public, which is great! 2017 will be the year of accessible robots coming to everybody’s homes.
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More About Service Robots:
- Service Robotics Market Diverges From Industrial Roots
- Robots in Retail: Amazon Go Heralds New Customer-Service Era
- MassRobotics Opens Boston Startups Space
- Delivery Robots Ready to Satisfy the On-Demand Economy
- Interaction Design Should Guide Service Robots
- Top 5 Robot Fails of 2016 Provide Service Lessons
- Increased Telepresence Robot R&D Transforms User Experience
AI will help products stand out in the year of robotics
Artificial intelligence was one of last year’s buzzwords. Companies and individuals have started to discover what they can do with it. After all the speeches, let’s start the work!
Artificial intelligence is one of the biggest trends for 2017. Robots as we know them — pieces of plastic or metal with some electronics components — will become more intelligent. They will start to “feel” their environments to adapt their behavior, and more importantly, they will start to learn from their mistakes.
Although there is still a lot of work to do on that, much progress has already been made, and many applications will make robots stand out from the crowd this year.
For more of this post, please visit Niryo’s blog.