2019 Predictions about Collaborative Robots


In recent years, the ease of integration as well as interoperability of collaborative robots into existing factory settings have played a crucial role in their development and adoption. Not only is their interaction with humans more natural but they share the same workspace and they are also easily programmable. In the coming years, robotic platforms are expected to play a pivotal role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Since collaborative robots are interoperable and are designed with powerful on-board computers, they can easily join the IIoT environment.

Cobots not only help when it comes to automating the factory environment but they also ease tasks that are considered hazardous and dangerous to humans. Therefore, as collaborative robots continue to learn how to physically move and do more, human coworkers get a chance to interact and utilize them in new ways. Moving into 2019, the world of cobots is set to expand as more machines are being developed to help us collaborate and coordinate action with others. Here are some of this year’s predictions about collaborative robots.

Cheaper machines

Despite collaborative robots being less expensive than they were when they initially entered the market, companies dealing with robotics are set to lower their prices even further especially for entry level robots. However, these machines are expected to have even more intriguing abilities than their predecessors. Visit www.universal-robots.com and check out their new collection.

More robots in the office and home

The march towards robotics in the office and home isn’t a coincidence. This is because more robotic startup companies are sprouting across the globe. This not only makes the machines more affordable, but they also come in more variety for a wide range of applications. Therefore, researchers predict that there will be an increase in the use of smart robots in our homes and offices.

An increase of automation in new environments

Due to the growth of automotive towards self-driving cars, as well as the development of the set of technologies that support this, our ability to integrate autonomy in unstructured environments is rapidly advancing. This paves the way for modern robots to participate in activities and carryout tasks that are beyond the factory or warehouse floor.

Human and machine interaction will continue to advance beyond clicks and touches

Thanks to voice assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, new interaction models are being created thus allowing the interaction between man and machine to be less of a burden. More importantly however, it is the continued maturation of robotics and robotic systems in general that are making all these things possible in ways that would have been difficult to imagine only a few years ago.

Further advancements of the Robotic Operating System (ROS) facilitating more adoption

Last year, ROS was in its 11th year of development thus reaching a level of stability and maturity that is attracting both researchers and enterprises making them open to adopting the system. For instance, Google has added ROS support to its Android platform.

Because of advancement in ROS and robotic technology certain types of travel will only become a thing of the past. For instance, it will become cheaper to send a cobot to a site visit or meeting instead of personally traveling.

More and better opportunities for remote workers

Cobots will not only be more attractive to the people who work around them but also to remote workers. Since the office setting is not going anywhere any time soon, teams will instead continue to be distributed geographically. This will help to create opportunities for better collaboration for remote participants.

Because smart robots continue to have better and advanced technology, they will allow remote observers to have better sensing of the physical environment in which the machine inhabits.

Since machine are able to physically move and do more, this allows better collaboration with humans.  When all of these are added up, 2019 is set to be an exciting year for collaborative robotics.

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