By: Areej Shah
“There has been 170% growth in the sales of industrial robots from 2009-11.” McKinsey Global Insitute Analysis
Advances in technology and machine to machine (M2M) communication have modified the design and intelligence of industrial robots, making them more user friendly and adaptable. Organizations using robots not only see a labour shift from mechanical to automotive, but work processes become more streamlined and costs are significantly reduced.
Throughout many industries, robots have been put to a wide range of uses such as cleaning and maintenance services, elderly care, office assistance, conservation of historic and artistic sites, defense and surgery. In order to see where robotic innovation is heading, Bloomberg Businessweek Technology has provided a list of the World’s Most Advanced Robots. One notable invention is the EMIEW 2 (Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Work-mate) launched by Hitachi as a solution to provide optimal office support. This little assistant can recognize commands via voice recognition and microphones and perform tasks efficiently by delivering documents while navigating through office corridors using map generation and a scanning range finder.
Within the aerospace industry, NASA has created a robot to explore Mars for evidence of life. Armed with rock-vaporizing lasers and cameras, the robot can send videos back to earth so scientists can track the progression of the Mars rover. Seen as a much effective method when tracking rough terrain, this rover also has the capability of grabbing rocks and bringing them inside the rover for testing.
According to IFR World Robotics, with about 8.6 Million robots around the world, venturing into this industry can prove beneficial to your business. To explore more about disruptive technologies and to gain knowledge about the next generation of ‘must-have’gadgets, register for the RIC Centre, Growing your Business seminar on Disruptive Technologies: Robotics, A.I and M2M. The seminar is scheduled to take place at Xerox Research Centre of Canada, 2660 Speakman Drive, Mississauga, ON, on September 25, 2013 7:30am – 11:00am EDT.
Areej recently graduated from University of Toronto Mississauga with a specialist degree in Business Administration. She shares her passion for social media marketing by serving as the Communications Intern for RIC Centre. Areej aspires to launch a successful career in the emerging field of business technology management.
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