The development trend of the global robot industry

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Outlook on the development trend of the global robot industry in 2012

what direction will robots develop in 2012? Although one third of 2012 has passed, cropen believes that it is necessary to take some time to predict the development of robots in the coming months

since there is no such thing as time machine, the prediction of crown is based on some long-term observers in the robot industry, including the field of automata and hizook, to ensure that the prediction content of crown is as accurate as possible. Cropen invited some robot experts from different backgrounds to solicit their opinions on the development of robots in 2012. The "expert group" provided many valuable opinions, summarized everyone's suggestions, and finally reduced it to 12 projects. This is not an easy thing, because many ideas are great

when making selection, cropen tries to avoid those "long-term trend" fields, such as environmental robots, entertainment and toy robots. It mainly focuses on emerging fields and pays attention to capital flows. For example, the national robot initiative led by the National Science Foundation of the United States plans to invest a lot of resources to develop robots that can cooperate with people, as well as some robot research projects of DARPA. "Cognitive systems and robots" funded by the European framework program can serve people's daily work and life. For example, in Asia, medical robots have been developing for decades in response to population aging

crown will not try to make a comprehensive 2012 robot industry research report. The trend described here is similar to the "hot map", emphasizing promising fields and technologies in the robot industry, including artificial intelligence. We know that many readers will disagree with our views, and we sincerely hope to hear your opinions and opinions. If you have any ideas, please email or reply to comments directly. But one thing is certain: robots are going through a magical era, and the future will be more exciting

1. Cooperative robot: robot assistant and partner

robot control usually has two ways, direct remote control and full self-control. The problem is that remote control is troublesome, and full self-control is often like science fiction movies. We can find a balance between human and robot to complete the task, such as PR2 robot delivering medicine to people in the figure below. The national robotics Initiative (NRL) of the United States provides a 70million project to develop collaborative robots. The goal is to expand robots from industrial production and laboratories to people's daily life, just as computers went from military to civilian. These robots must be safe, relatively cheap and easy to use. Robots use their advantages to cooperate with humans to complete the work. The scope of the project is extensive, but one key aspect of robots is clear: interaction with people. Therefore, we hope to see greater development of collaborative robots in 2012

2. 3D Remote Sensing: Kinect revolution continues

last year, a strange decoration began to appear on many robots. This is the popular Microsoft Kinect 3D sensor, which is cheap and easy to use. Using Kinect to draw 3D maps and as an action sensor, Kinect has become the favorite of the robot community (see the following figure). People have been looking for a low-cost device to replace the laser rangefinder. Now Kinect helps realize it (at least it can be used indoors). Kinect 2 may be released this year and will have higher resolution and frame rate

3. Cloud robot: robot sharing technology

several research groups are exploring that the basis of cloud computing can also be robots on the system combination facilities of objects, which rely on cloud computers to process a large amount of data. This method can directly call "cloud robot", which will make the robot do not need to do complex calculations, such as image processing and speech recognition, and even download new skills immediately. Many related projects are in progress. In particular, Google has a small team to create robot cloud services. If this technology becomes popular, it may be a structural change in this field (imagine that each robot uses "Google map" to guide. 1. The manipulation software can actively obtain tensile strength, yield strength, breaking strength, elastic modulus, elongation and other test data). In Europe, roboearth, a major project, aims to develop "robot world wide", a huge cloud database where robots can share information about objects, environments and tasks (see figure below). Many other projects are taking shape, and we expect that "cloud robot" will become a buzzword in 2012

in addition, it also includes compatible drives: soft touch robots, intelligent robots based on: new robot intelligence, easier operation: a robot arm that you can afford, driverless cars: free your hands, robot Helpers: the future of manufacturing, rapid prototyping: every family has 3D printers, drones: crowded skies main equipment (production line) name, specification, model and quantity, Telepresence robot: your avatar in the real world, bionics: the combination between human and machine

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