Even in this tough economy, robots are being introduced for a variety of new application areas. In the manufacturing sector, the number of robots is increasing as capital permits. Other robotics markets that are seeing growth include the medical, service, space and military segments. Meanwhile, the era of the consumer robot–once the stuff of science fiction–swept in with the Roomba and is starting to change our everyday lives at home.
The current growth is not just a fad. Many tasks that are “dull, dirty and dangerous” will eventually be performed by robots. How will technology meet this future demand?