Trends in Intelligent Robotic Industry Development

According to the definition of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), robotics can be classified into two categories: industrial robotics and service robotics. Survey reports from Japan Robot Association (JARA) reveal that as industrial robotics are only used in precision manufacturing and the industrial robotics market is becoming gradually saturated in the mid+ and long term, there is limited room for future growth.

In contrast, there is great potential for family/personal service robotics. As the populations of most developed countries are aging and birth rates are low, there is an increasing demand for home care for the elderly, child education and entertainment.

In the beginning, at a time when there was almost no demand for applications of any kind, prototype intelligent service robots were mostly research models developed by academic research institutions. In recent years, Japanese auto makers, especially Honda and Toyota, have expanded the scale of service robotics R&D and endeavored to achieve market objectives for product commercialization; they have also developed and been utilizing their respective ASIMO and tour guide robots.

The United States puts more emphasis on AI and control technology R&D. US manufacturers and academic institutions have all been endeavoring to develop AI robots, launching products such as Davensi robotics system for surgical operations, tour guide robots, and the Roomba. The industry trend shows that the US is manufacturing robotic components for diversified uses, and is involves in the establishment of the robotics value chain.

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