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By 2025, the adoption rate of intelligent domestic robots will reach 14%

Living with Bots

Robots are here to stay and that`s a good thing. Advances in materials science, perceptual AI, and network tech like 5G, IoT, and cloud are making it a viable possibility that a robot in some form or other will be making your life better in the near future. Moreover, increasingly connected, networked, and function-rich bots are creating a blue ocean that will be worth billions of dollars for the ICT industry.

Nursing Bots

The function of nursing bots will include:

Companion Bots

Study bots: By 2025, it’s expected that every child will benefit from an “Einstein-like” smart tutor that will customize study plans based on personalized interests and preferred learning methods, reflecting differences between abilities and fast and slow learners. Bots are also in development that can teach muscle memory in the form of a wearable device that can instruct in art, piano or other tasks by haptic feedback, though the effectiveness of this learning method has yet to be proven.

Therapy bots: Research using humanoid social robots is underway to evaluate the brain signals of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using EEG and video cameras to record interaction with the robot. ASD affects 1 in 68 children and its early diagnosis has a large impact on treatment efficacy. Moreover, ongoing research has shown that robot-assisted interventions can teach social and academic skills to autistic children, including emotion recognition.

Friendship bots: Many companies are specializing in friendship bots in a variety of humanoid and animal forms. The same advances in perceptual and cognitive AI that will benefit other scenarios will increase the sophistication of decision trees and subtle responses to human stimuli, creating either a new member of the family or a companion for warding off loneliness.

Bionic Bots

Exoskeletons: Combining mechanics, sensors, AI, and mobile computing, smart exoskeletons are already available, Algorithms in rigid exoskeletons for the shin and foot can customize assisted walking to the wearer. The market for exoskeletons will be worth US$1.89 billion at a CAGR of 41.3%.

Prosthetics: With a more specific application than exoskeletons, smart prosthetics are getting smarter, with machine learning able to make the brain-limb connection that automatically conveys the intention of an action to the limb. However, ML isn’t the ideal solution for prosthetics, as the wearer needs to “teach” the limb a given motion by mentally repeating it over and over again. Current research is focusing on a musculoskeletal computer model that acts as a bridge between the brain and prosthetic.

Augmentation devices: Bionic lenses that can potentially replace the eye’s natural lens with camera optics are also on the horizon. This technology would naturally format images, bringing with it an immediate improvement to eyesight and clarity of vision regardless of distance. Over 39 million fully blind people and 246 million people visually impaired people worldwide will benefit from augmenting technologies.

Butler Bots

Butler bots in various forms can pick up slack and perform basic tasks like folding clothes, vacuuming, and picking things up. In scenarios like fires, gas leaks, or break ins, butler bots can serve a variety of functions: averting them through alerts; performing first response, for example, locking doors, shutting down a gas supply, or activating a home sprinkler system; using embedded cameras to transmit home layouts to the authorities in image, plan, or video form on cloud; and, of course, preventing false alarms.

Already in 200 million homes around the world, butler bots will continue to learn the preferences and usage habits of individual family members and provide a range of home services for individuals and families based on voice commands, sensors, and apps.

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