Robotics to impact business productivity and workplace safety by 2020
Market segment expected to be showcased heavily at upcoming GITEX.
Frost & Sullivan, a global market intelligence firm, in close collaboration with GITEX Technology Week, has revealed a study highlighting the growth of mobile robotics.
According to its findings, Frost & Sullivan predicts the shipments of mobile robotics will grow from four million in 2012, to reach 25.4 million units by 2020. Furthermore, the unit shipments of logistics-related robotics is expected to increase from 1,400 in 2012, to reach 95,000 in 2020.
Household robotics are expected to grow from four million in 2012 to 25 million by 2020.
Paul Clarke, CTO at the United Kingdom-based Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer, shared: As robots get inexorably smarter with advances in Artificial Intelligence and know more about the world around them through access to the Internet of Things and Big Data, they will make more informed decisions and be able to adapt to the environments they inhabit."
He added: "This in turn will lead to richer human-machine collaboration - driving massive gains in productivity, safer workplaces, and better lives."
Similarly, Simon Andersen, CIO at the European Federation of Robotics, also shared: "Robots increasingly have the artificial intelligence to carry out tasks based on their own decisions, enhancing efficiency and safety.
"We are on the brink of a major breakthrough in human-machine technology advancement, and the GCC and UAE have the ambition and early adoption mind-set to be global leaders in using robotics to transform daily lives."
This year's edition of GITEX will feature the GITEX Movement, which aims to support global start-ups experimenting in robotics, drones and 3D printing.
UAE-based DigiRobotics, which launched CafeBot and CarBot at last year's show, is set to return once again. The company is expected to showcase a virtual reality robotic simulator, 3D printing by a seven-axis robot, as well the UAE's first 3D-printed humanoid robot.
Bilal Al Hattab, managing director of DigiRobotics, said: "Following the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and the Future Strategy of UAE, DigiRobotics Technologies is seeing a surge of interest in robotics across 3D printing, humanoid robots for personal assistance, and unmanned vehicles and industrial robotics in the oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, and logistics sectors, especially for repetitive and dangerous tasks."