Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture ("field") applications, such as milking robots.
(Source: International Federation of Robotics)
Ann thank you for this outstanding article, it has really changed my way of thinking about robots. I think any body can guess why the demand for defense service robots is continuing to rise. Most governments always put much into security issues neglecting some other fields like medicine ant the rest. The fact that the demand for service robots has risen is also affected by the rise of automation of agricultural sector, many farmers have realized that robots help save time and also cut short expenses on human labor hence high returns.
As a flipside to my last comment, service robots are becoming quite the norm in hospitals and other care facilities in Japan. Seems patients are becoming more accustomed to their presence and are not as frightening as once thought.
@Naperlou , I really liked the idea of drink robot and can actually feel how much excited you would have been at that time . No doubt this is something new to me and i am hearing for the first time thanks a lot for sharing with us .
Anne, thanks a lot for such an informative post , the figures you mentioned are really very usefull no doubt the demand for service robots is increasing world wide especially in the field of farming these robots are being used for mowing of grass , inspection of crops to find diseases and parasites with the help of infra red sensors, spraying the medicine on the affected area , then there are robots that are used to check the status of the yield and gets the riped fruits and vegetables off . Inshort we can say that service robots are becomming very popular and there demand is also high .
I think there's hope. Last last year, the gov't in Japan announced it would financially support the development of lost cost robots for nursing homes. Monitoring robots can track patients who wander off. Is a self-cleaning toilet considered a robot?
Here on DN, I remember seeing humanoid robots that can lift patients.
Solar panels on every roof, robots in every nursing home...Japan seems to have an eye on the future.
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