Robotics has a potential impact as transformative as the Internet
Robotics is the technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as, computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.
These automated machines can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behavior or cognition. Robots also decrease capital and labor costs.
In the past few years, major breakthroughs in vision systems, and in computing power, robotic mobility and flexibility has resulted in a dramatic increase in robotics use around the globe. And yet, Robotics is still in its infancy.
Application areas are growing exponentially and include auto manufacturing, health care, the nuclear industry and the service industry.
Global sales increased by 38% in 2011. Industrial robots (auto and metal industries) were main sales drivers. U.S. sales are increasing twice as rapidly as global sales. Following are a few of the companies that are developing new, innovate ways to use robotics to help humans and increase productivity .
Here are a few new companies developing new uses for robotics:
Mazor Robotics. They are turning robots into brain surgeons. They are pushing the robotic surgery technology into the uncharted territory of neurosurgery.
PV-Kraftwerker. In order to reduce the costs of solar energy, they are developing their MONO robot to be able to install entire solar fields with little to no human assistance.
Ekso Bionics. Their exoskeleton (wearable robot) is life-changing technology. A pair of mechanical legs that gauge the wear’s intentions and move entirely under their own power, with none of the weight being borne by the user. It is a bipedal alternative to a wheelchair
Seegrid. They take existing industrial trucks- form pallet-movers to for lifts- and equip them with proprietary sensors and hardware so they can be used as robotic heavy-lifters in existing warehouses.