HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Study: Service Robots Growing Faster Than Industrial Robots

NO RATINGS
1 saves
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/2
apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Service Robots
apresher   1/15/2013 1:59:45 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Service Robots
TJ McDermott   1/15/2013 3:30:48 PM
NO RATINGS
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?

 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Service Robots
Ann R. Thryft   1/15/2013 3:41:02 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Service Robots
Ann R. Thryft   1/17/2013 12:54:10 PM
NO RATINGS
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

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Service Robots
Ann R. Thryft   1/25/2013 11:54:57 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

<<  <  Page 2/2
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
Venture capital guru Steve Vassallo looks for companies that think about design, not just technology for technology's sake.
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service