Our fascination with robots and robotic technology is reflected in popular culture through works like I; Robot; Wall-E, Ghost in the Shell, , and many other. The attraction may be due to our desire to see robotics as a part of our future. While we can only imagine, many innovative companies around the globe have already developed prototypes and researched extensively for a near future that will closely involve such robots.
In fact, Softbank Robotics America was created by a partnership between Softbank Japan and Aldebaran France. SBRA’s first ventures into robotics and smart tech were the creation of humanoid companion robots. These robots are now flourishing in the educational, medical and service sectors. One fun fact about this matter is that Softbank Robotics’ official Mascot is Pepper, a cute service robot who can read voices and expressions to understand human emotions and can also move expressively using human-like body language.
Other leaders in the fields of robotics project that the usage of humanoid robots will peak by the 2020s. As per Berg Insight, as many as 29.6 million service robots were already installed worldwide, and this number is expected to multiply to as much as 264.3 million by 2026. However, you can bet that the current engineering technologies, such as brushless DC motors, for robotics, are improving. For a future generation humanoid robots, miniature motors will increase efficiency and power density. They will be agile, intelligent, high-performing, and highly efficient.
The industries of electronics, electrical equipment and appliances, transportation equipment, and machinery are said to be the leaders in mass production of humanoid robotics. These industries are expected to produce 75% all robotic installations within as close a time as 2025..
What other applications will humanoid robotics have in the future? Here is a list of possible future applications that humanoid robotics could soon serve in masse.
Sciences, engineering. Humanoid robots can work in close collaboration with humans in hospitals, laboratories and factories. Companion robots in medicine will prove to be as beneficial to patients as they will to surgeons. Many scientific activities will benefit from humanoid robots. They will improve consistency, productivity, precision, and accuracy. These fields are where high-powered, highly-performing robots can make a significant contribution.
Education. Humanoid robotics have many uses in education. Already, initiatives have been started to make robotic platforms useful for academic purposes. Softbank’s NAO assists teachers in teaching programming. Robots are also being cited as having great potential in special education, especially in the area of autism treatment.
Commerce. The commercial uses for humanoid robotics in all industries range from electronics to telecommunications to entertainment. All businesses can decide to manufacture humanoid robotics that serve a variety of functions. Industries will then tailor-fit the robots to their needs.
Service for domestic use. It’s encouraging to see that so many robotic products can be used for domestic, home, and garden purposes. The future will see new humanoid robots being developed that can be part of our daily lives.
There is still much to do to integrate robotics seamlessly into everyday life. With all the new developments, we can be confident that we have an intelligent and bright future.