In 2018, over three million workers started working alongside robots making Robotics as a Service (RaaS) to be widely used in business for tasks ranging from machines that make phone calls to self-serve checkouts. The financial sector is using machines known as robo-advisors to assist them in making good investment decisions. In turn, this is making wealth managers everywhere quite anxious.
The robotics sector is known to be notoriously unforgiving especially to startups. However, even establish companies can collapse without warning. Therefore, if one was to sum up the robotics industry, they would probably say that the sector has been honed by decades of trial and error and that robots are hard. However, all this is changing thanks to advancements in robotics technology. The following are ways in which commercial robots will be used in the near future.
To perform surgery
Traditionally, people think of robots as rigid structures made of metal that operate behind the confines of a cage or fence. Even though robotic machines have been limitedly used in medical procedures, robotic surgeons have unsurprisingly failed to gain much traction in the health sector. However, all this could change thanks to a new development in the field known as soft robotics.
Soft robots ate not only equipped with air chambers but also made from silicone which allows them to elongate and bend in different directions, which can be compared to how octopuses move with their tentacles. This feature enables them to squeeze through small or narrow openings and move past delicate organs without causing them any damage.
While there have been various inventions for hair dressing machines none have been used as commercial robots. However, this may change in future. In 2011, Panasonic invented a robot that is capable of washing your hair as well as give a head massage. The year that followed, another company in the US debuted a robot that is capable of cutting your hair.
Despite coming this far, hairdressing robots have still failed to get the attention of business owners. There are a plethora of speculations as to why this technology hasn’t managed to catch on yet.
Since the population of the world is constantly expanding, the agricultural industry faces the perfect storm. This is the need to increase the production of food despite having very limited labor force supply, all these while making sure the environment remains sustainable.
Thanks to technology, this is where robotic machines come in because they can be involved in a wide range of tasks on the farm such as the following:
- Pruning and packing
- Spraying fertilizer
- Picking vegetables and fruits
- Carefully weeding crops
Ideally, there is a robotic machine for almost every task involved in agriculture. While the adoption of these technology is yet to reach mainstream, there is massive potential for commercial robots to make a significant difference within the agricultural sector.
With more than 30,000 machines, Amazon is one of the most famous companies for using warehousing robots. All this began when Amazon acquired a robotics company in 2012 and started integrating the machines within its distribution centers. As robots get more capable and cheaper however, more companies are expected to start using them in their warehouses or factory facilities.
The main task that warehousing robots have is picking out goods from shelves and then transporting them to the warehouse or holding facility then lastly pack them into boxes before loading them on to vans for distribution. For humans, loading thousands of boxes everyday can be tedious and mundane. Therefore, robots help reduce the job as well as ensure safety for humans.
While some of these inventions may not get large scale commercial success, it is quite easy to imagine their value in the mentioned sectors. Through experiments, robotics tech developers are able to push the boundaries of what machines can do and how they can be of help in future.