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Study: Service Robots Growing Faster Than Industrial Robots

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apresher   1/15/2013 1:59:45 PM
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Ann, A trend with industrial robots in use of robot mechanisms as part of the design of the machine, versus a standard configuration that stands alone.  The robot mechanism themselves are designed as standard hardware to control multiple axes of motion.  Now the trend is designing these mechanisms into line-oriented machines and even controlling them with standard line controllers including support for advanced kinematics (rather than a separate robot controller).  This is not really related to the direction of this thread but is another example of how robots is finding new application areas -- especially in manufacturing.

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TJ McDermott   1/15/2013 3:30:48 PM
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robotic vacuum cleaners / personal service

Ann, that's the right way to classify it, but where would you classify such a device if it were used in an office  environment?

I'm looking at my company's office space right now because of what you said.

Does anyone personally know of robot vacuums operating in commercial office space?

 

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Ann R. Thryft   1/15/2013 3:41:02 PM
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TJ, the study said that the sales figures/demand numbers for service robots are segmented primarily by who uses them, and only partially by nature of the machine. Obviously, those categories of machines can overlap considerably, just like other items used in both homes and offices, such as janitorial supplies (brooms, mops, buckets, etc.). The upshot is, no reason you can't use a Roomba in your office. In the other direction, I bought an $800 commercial dehumidifier for my humid, damp forest house because only the commercial models can take enough moisture out of the air, plus I knew it would last a long time.

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Ann R. Thryft   1/17/2013 12:54:10 PM
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DN's Cabe Atwell just wrote a blog about telepresence robots for home workers:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257159
These are a good example of personal service robots based on a design platform very similar to some professional service robots: the medical telepresence robots used increasingly in hospitals, which DN's Elizabeth Montalbano wrote about here:
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=249227

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Ann R. Thryft   1/25/2013 11:54:57 AM
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Al, thanks for the clarification. I see what you mean. Since the research firm didn't divulge specific details of the study, it's not clear how they defined physical units of industrial robots.

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