As a robotics company, we at Mov.AI are following closely what’s hot and what’s not in the field of robotics. There are a few trends that we will keep on following closely during 2019, namely the 4th industrial revolution, the general acceptance of autonomous robots, the rising demand for industrial robots, and ROS of course.
The fourth industrial revolution is here
The Fourth Industrial Revolution explores new uses of digital technology, such as smart technology for cyber-physical systems and smart robots. During 2019, we will see that digital technology will be pushing the limits of what it can do throughout any possible field, such as robotics, AI, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, IoT, 5G, 3D printing and fully autonomous vehicles. As with previous revolutions, it will have a far-reaching impact on our jobs, environment and our way of life.
Autonomous robots will become generally accepted
Governments, employees and the general public are warming up to autonomous robots doing repetitive and dangerous jobs such as fixing leaks in underground pipes and dangerous nuclear decommissioning sites. The fear that robots are out to take over jobs is put into perspective. As management consultancy firm McKinsey pointed out, workers in an “unpredictable” environment, such as gardeners, plumbers, or healthcare providers, will not be at risk in 2019 since it is technically difficult to automate those jobs. During 2019, we will see humans and automated machines working side by side in a productive and safe way.
The demand for industrial robots will keep on rising
According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) World Robotics Report 2018, sales of industrial robots reached a record 380,550 units in 2017. That represents a 29 percent increase over the 294,300 units sold in 2016. Not surprisingly, China experienced the largest growth (58%). Although the numbers of 2018 are not in yet, since robots have become easier and safer to use (and can even learn from each other via the cloud), the growth is expected to be even more spectacular. In 2019, we will see human-robot collaboration driving the growth of worldwide sales.
ROS will keep on making waves
ROS primarily acts as a flexible robotics writing software that’s comprised of a collection of tools, libraries, and conventions that simplify and streamline the process of creating complex and robust robot behaviors across a wide range of platforms. It will become more prominent in 2019 enlisting powerful partner such as Microsoft in 2018.
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