Top Ten Trends and Predictions for Robotics Development in 2023
Recently, a research institution conducted an in-depth study on the insights of 8,949 start-ups and large enterprises around the world on the development of robotics, and made a prediction on the development trend of robotics in 2023. Industry experts point out the need to understand and follow robotics trends that have the potential to transform businesses.
Here are the top 10 robotics trends and predictions for 2023 from the study:
1. Autonomous mobile robot (AMR)
In manufacturing, workers often work in hazardous environments such as toxic chemicals, confined spaces or heavy machinery. Autonomous mobile Robots use sensors, artificial intelligence, and computer vision technologies to see and understand their surroundings, and to navigate autonomously. For example, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in warehouses use scanners to monitor inventory levels and automate material handling and prevent stockpiles from running out. To speed up work, autonomous mobile robots can also transport components and parts across long distances within factories.
Thanks to the combination of artificial intelligence and robotics, smart robots can use real-time information to optimize their work. Large datasets and real-time data are also used to train robots to be more accurate and effective. As a result, they are better able to sense their surroundings, resolve objects faster, and navigate independently.
3. Collaborative robots
Compared with traditional Industrial robots, collaborative robots have advanced sensors and algorithms, they work together with workers, and must ensure the safety of workers around them. To automate production activities such as welding parts and drilling holes, they are primarily operated with end-of-arm tooling (EOAT). These robots help workers handle dangerous objects such as metal products, polymers and other materials.
4. Robots as a Service
The development and maintenance of robots is a costly and time-consuming process. Due to these constraints, many businesses (especially small ones) are unable to integrate robotics into their operations and instead use robotics as a service.
5. Robot cybersecurity
Robots are a prime target for cyber-attacks due to the increased integration and connectivity needs of IoT. Additionally, due to the widespread use of robots in the defense, manufacturing, healthcare, and aerospace industries, robots must be protected from unauthorized access and intrusion. Employing a robotics cybersecurity solution protects endpoints and connectivity stacks to prevent data breaches and asset outages.
Thanks to advances in edge computing, high-performance computing, and networking technologies, startups are now able to build drones with greater range and capabilities. They use drones to deliver goods, collect aerial data, inspect infrastructure, and a variety of other businesses. Drones used in agriculture can spray pesticides and sow seeds in specific locations, while monitoring the growth of crops and tracking the movement of livestock. The adaptability of drones has accelerated their integration in last-mile transportation such as food and medical supplies.
7. internet of Things
If robotics focuses on manufacturing, interaction, and autonomous behavior, IoT provides sensing, monitoring, and tracking. The performance of the robot is driven by an edge computing platform, which enables a feedback-driven workflow by collecting and sending data. Thanks to recent advances in IoT at the edge, robot manufacturers are now able to move computation closer to the source of the data. This allows robots to use near real-time data and maximize productivity.
8. Humanoid robot
In the post-COVID world, humanoid robots are increasingly being used for tasks such as non-contact cleaning and patient care. Additionally, they are used in inspection, maintenance and post-disaster recovery operations of power plants, saving workers from hazardous conditions. In addition to receiving guests at the front desk, the humanoid robot will also take care of the sick and the elderly. They automate work like other robots to reduce expenses and boost production.
9. Automatic guided vehicles
In warehouses, distribution centers and production facilities, materials are often transported by automated guided vehicles. Their movement is controlled by software and a sensor-based navigation system that follows a predetermined path.
10. Assistive robots
More and more people will benefit from the independence and improved quality of life provided by assistive robots. To sense, process and communicate with humans, assistive robots use sensors and smart algorithms to allow people to live independently and safely in their own homes.
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