Robots ready to takeover

The mobile robotics market today mirrors the PC market of the 1980s, with robots of increasing complexity set to enter many areas of work and home life, according to a report from ActivMedia

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By  Mark Sutton Published  February 8, 2001

The robotics business is set to boom, according to a new report from ActivMedia Research. The US-based research companies predicts that mobile robotics will grow into a $17 billion business by 200, a growth of 2500%, and 1600% growth in units sold.

In the past thirty years approximately 1.1 million industrial robots have been sold, but virtually all of these were fixed robotic arms. Now, with advances in robotics technology, mobile robots are expected to be deployed in hazardous industrial environments, agricultural and domestic environments.

According to ActivMedia president Jeanne Dietsch, mobile robotics is at the same stage now as PCs were in the 1980’s – poised to proliferate. "Advances in foundation technologies will determine the rate of growth of robots,” he said. “Mobile robots will provide an enormous extension of peoples' innate capabilities. As humans and machines become ever more closely intertwined, microscopically and macroscopically, robotics will be as commonplace as computer chips are now."

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