Bioinspired Legged Locomotion: Models, Concepts, Control and Applications
By Maziar Sharbafi and André Seyfarth
Elsevier has released a book which may be of interest to roboticists. Here’s a preview.
The book explores the universe of legged robots, bringing in perspectives from engineering, biology, motion science, and medicine to provide a comprehensive overview of the field.
With comprehensive coverage, each chapter brings outlines, and an abstract, introduction, new developments, and a summary. Continue reading Book preview: New academic study on the subject of robots with legs
The global effects of robotics and automation technologies is forecast to include the removal of as many as 800 million people from their jobs by 2030, according to a new report. Seventy million of them will be in the US.
McKinsey, the consultancy firm which conducted the research, says the development of automation technologies is “sparked much public concern”.
In its report, Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation, McKinsey Global Institute says that, while automation is not a new phenomenon and fears surrounding its effects date back centuries, the situation seems different now. Continue reading Robotics and automation to replace 800 million human workers by 2030, says new report
Each year, in cooperation with the trade journals Vision Systems Design and Inspect, industrial imaging company Framos identifies technical and commercial trends in the industry based on users’ and manufacturers’ views.
For this 10th market study, 90 manufacturers and users from 22 countries responded to questions about the status quo of the imaging market, and its ongoing development.
In the age of automation and the smart factory, classic machine vision is the cornerstone of success for the Imaging industry.
CMOS technology and fast processing are enabling real-time precision, while cognitive vision solutions using artificial intelligence are the bases for further growth. Continue reading New study: Industrial cameras, technical features, and market
Another three reports making the headlines on the web
Report: Global Collaborative Robots Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation & Forecast 2023
Company: Energias Market Research
Our comment: Collaborative robots are of massive interest at the moment, and this report values the market at $177 million in 2016, and says it will rise to $4.238 billion in 2023. That’s a hefty increase of more than 57 per cent a year.
Report: Robot Teach Pendant Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017-2025
Company: Transparency Market Research
Our comment: This company doesn’t reveal any figures for market size and growth in its press release, but it mentions leading companies, such as ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa Motoman and so on.
Report: Global Robotic Cutting, Deburring, and Finishing Market 2017-2021
Company: 360 Market Updates
Our comment: Another report which doesn’t release any headlines figures, but makes the observation that accuracy and productivity are driving this market.
Report: Sensors for Robotics: Technologies and Global Markets
Company: BCC Research
Our comment: Global market for robotics sensors is said to be around $510 million this year, and is forecast to reach .approximately $840 million by 2022.
There seems to be an increasing number of reports about the robotics and automation market, each looking at different segments, often in a different way.
It’s difficult to keep track of them all, let alone look too deeply into them and evaluate the data contained within.
So, it seems best to list all the reports currently making the headlines, and maybe readers can decide which ones are relevant and useful to them. Continue reading Market research reports: A roundup of the latest surveys about the robotics and automation industry
A new update to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Semiannual Commercial Robotics Spending Guide forecasts worldwide purchases of robotics, including drones and robotics-related hardware, software and services, will total $97.2 billion in 2017, an increase of 17.9 per cent over 2016.
IDC expects robotics spending to accelerate over the five-year forecast period, reaching $230.7 billion in 2021 with a compound annual growth rate compound annual growth rate of 22.8 per cent.
“The convergence of robotics and artificial intelligence & machine learning are driving the development of the next generation of intelligent robots for industrial, commercial, and consumer applications,” said Dr Jing Bing Zhang, research director, robotics at IDC manufacturing insights. Continue reading Worldwide spending on robotics to exceed $230 billion in 2021, says IDC
The International Federation of Robotics’ new report into the global industrial robotics market predicts significant growth in the collaborative robotics segment.
Universal Robots is widely regarded as the market leader in collaborative robots, having been the first to launch such machines almost 10 years ago and having sold more than 10,000 units since.
Having started out in Denmark, Universal Robots is now part of the US industrial giant Teradyne. Continue reading IFR’s projected growth of collaborative robots market ‘in line’ with Universal expectations
The global robot population is growing at what some might say is an alarming rate.
As well as the countless millions already tucked away in factories and homes everywhere, there could be another 2 million added to that number by the end of the decade, which may or may not coincide with the end of humanity’s control over the planet and a ceremonial transfer of power to the robots and artificial intelligence.
Purely ceremonial, since some people say they already rule over us anyway. Continue reading By 2020, 1.7 million new robots will be roaming the earth
The global embedded computing market will grow to more than $200 billion by 2022, according to a new report.
The sectors accounting for a significant portion of the expected growth will be automotive and industrial.
The report, Embedded Computing Market, is by Acumen Research and Consulting, which says the market will grow at an annual rate of 6 per cent over the forecast period of 2015 to 2022. Continue reading Embedded computing market to grow over $200 billion by 2022
Columbia University says it has developed a self-contained soft actuator that is three times stronger than natural muscle, without the need of externals.
The researchers say the development means robotic motion will be more lifelike, and that it signals a breakthrough in soft robotics.
The creation of untethered soft robots whose actions and movements can help mimic natural biological systems have been a long-standing issue, and the scientists at Columbia Engineering say they have solved it. Continue reading Columbia University develops soft actuator three times stronger than human muscle to make robots more lifelike
The definition of a robot is in flux, says Tractica in its introduction to its report, Robotics Market Forecast.
Traditional robot manufacturers that have been building and supplying robots for decades have seen this industry undergo a dramatic transformation in the past few years.
Robots have either been part of popular culture and science fiction or have been the workhorses of industrial shop floors until now. Continue reading Defining a robot is more complex now, as market grows and diversifies
The industrial robotics market is forecast to reach beyond $70 billion by 2023, according to a new report.
The main drivers for the industrial robotics market are increasing investments for automation in various industries and the growing demand from small and medium-scale enterprises in developing countries. Continue reading Industrial robotics market projected to reach more than $70 billion by 2023
Minimum wage increases lead to more investment in robotics and automation systems, according to a new study.
The report, People Versus Machines: The Impact of Minimum Wages on Automatable Jobs, analysed the US Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data from 1980 to 2015.
The paper was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, and authored by Grace Lordan and David Neumark. Continue reading Minimum wage increases lead to more robotics and automation, says new report
The Brookings Institution has found that Michigan has the highest number of robots of all the states in the US.
Brookings found that Detroit, traditionally the motor town of the US, has more than 15,000 industrial robots installed.
That works out to about 8.5 robots per 1,000 workers, says Brookings. Continue reading Map produced by Brookings pinpoints location of all robots in the US
Mobile robotics in material handling and logistics will become a $75 billion market by 2027, according to a new report, which adds that it will be more than double by 2038.
These staggering headline figures mask turbulent transformative change underneath: some technologies will rise and transform the fortunes of industries, fuelling growth rates far outpacing recent trends, whilst others will face with decay and obsolescence.
“We are at the beginning of the beginning of a transformative change, and the time to plan is now,” says the report by IDTechEx Research. Continue reading Market for logistics robots predicted to exceed $75 billion in 10 years