For many years, robots have been used in laboratories but their use in the recent past has evolved to a dramatic extent.

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Use Of Service Robots

Nowadays, service robots are being used in almost every walk of life, from robots that care for the elderly to child-minding robots. The service robots can be easily controlled from a PC or by a mobile phone.

Over a period of time, vast improvements in the field of robotics have been noticed. Today, robots are used for working in the inhospitable working conditions, continuous handling of the heavy loads, and high heat welding. In the world of medical sciences, robots have been extensively used to make precise measurements of various chemicals, manufacturing facilities, and surgeries. Robots are used in the world of medical sciences to handle dangerous materials to prevent danger to the human life and prevent contamination.

Elite engineers are presently working for further advancements in the field of robotics to expand their range of mobility and capabilities. It is worthwhile to note here that many advanced versions of robots that are presently in the trial stages can even crawl, run, walk, and roll in different terrains. If that was not all, many of these robots are fully capable to hang, climb, and flight maneuvering capabilities that make them extremely useful in different environments. The use of robots in different kinds of military applications is also increasing day by day.

Developments In The World Of Robotics

  1. In September 2015, a project at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock that could help millions of visually impaired people got initiated thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health. The three-year $820,263 grant is to make a planned device that when worn on hand of the user would make it easy to remove obstacles for visually impaired people and perform essential tasks like finding a door handle. Dr. Cang Ye, a UALR professor in the Department of Systems Engineering will conduct the work with his research collaborator, Dr. Yantao Shen of the University of Nevada, Reno, and a team of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students to develop a Wearable Robotic Object Manipulation Aid (W-ROMA).
  2. Journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces recently reported that scientists are forging new territory in the field of ‘soft robotics’ and planning to develop a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. This invention would assist doctors perform remotely guided surgical procedures or perform biopsies. It was noted by David H. Gracias and colleagues that many robotic tools presently require cords for providing power to generate their movements. However, the presence of cords does add to the bulk of robots that in turn limits the spaces robots can access. The use of hydrogels could prove useful in response to changes in acidity, light, or temperature to provide energy to performance of tasks without being tethered to a power source. Since hydrogels are known to be too floppy for some applications, the group decide to combine hydrogels with a stiff biodegradable polymer to make the microhands strong enough to wrap around and remove cells and then found a way for controlling where the grippers go once deployed in the body.

Robotics Statistics At A Glance

According to statistics from the International Federation of Robotics, robot sales increased by 29 percent in 2014 229,261 units that is the highest level ever recorded for a single year.

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China has occupied the leading position as the most prominent market with a share of 25 percent of the total supply in 2014. IFR estimates that about 1.3 million new industrial robots will be installed between 2015 and 2018 in factories around the world.

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