Service Robots in a Variety of Industries, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) defines a service robot as one that operates semi- or fully autonomously to perform services useful to the well-being of humans and equipment, but not one that is used in manufacturing operations.  Service robots are typically mobile in nature.  They may or may not feature an arm or manipulator.  IFR estimates that about 6.7 million service robots for personal and household use were sold in 2016 (up 24% from 2015), with a value of $2.6 billion (up 14% from 2015).  These include robots for domestic tasks (vacuum cleaning, window washing, lawn mowing); toy robots…

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