Everyone loves robots…and robots are showing up everywhere. Consumer, enterprise, transportation, and industrial users are making friends with the idea of robots that teach, perform tasks and entertain. The newest successful projects on crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter point to just how popular robotics has become.
“The key underlying story emerging in the industry is that industrial robotics, which has been the traditional pillar of the robotics market, has given way to non-industrial robot categories like personal assistant robots, UAVs, and autonomous vehicles,” says research director Aditya Kaul at market research firm Tractica.
According to a new research titled “Robotics Market Forecasts” from Tractic, the global robotics market will grow rapidly between 2016 and 2022, with revenue from unit sales of industrial and non-industrial robots rising from $31 billion in 2016 to $237.3 billion by 2022. Most of that growth will be driven by non-industrial robots, the firm said.
On Kickstarter, robot offerings bear out this reality. The most recent big win, which got supported with 10 times more funds than requested, was a fish drone to let individuals get a good look at the underwater world without making a dive. Another popular project takes on weeding tasks in the garden. Several inventors took on the task of building better robot parts, including robotic arms and an actuator. Many other products leverage the availability of inexpensive Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards to let Makers and students of all ages enjoy building and creating robots to bring their designs to life.
The Maker Movement is growing exponentially which likely increases awareness and drives innovation and interest. In 2016, Maker Fair’s around the world drew 1.4 million attendees compared to 22,000 just ten years earlier. These projects demonstrate the high level of enthusiasm for robot projects, as most were funded with dozens or hundreds of supporters making good sized donations to see their favorite projects come to life.
Clearly, interest in robots is a worldwide phenomenon. About 20% of recent wins on Kickstarter came from designers and engineers in Japan, while other offerings came from Switzerland, Spain, and Austria. Of course, the United States and especially California had its fair share of wins. “The key underlying story emerging in the industry is that industrial robotics, which has been the traditional pillar of the robotics market, dominated by Japanese and European robotics manufacturers, has given way to non-industrial robot categories like personal assistant robots, UAVs, and autonomous vehicles, with the epicenter shifting toward Silicon Valley,” Tractic’s report said.
Click on the image below to start a slideshow of the newest robotics projects that came to life on Kickstarter. Then let us know if you have a robot in your life. Where do you see robots fitting into your life, work and play?
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN