Humanoid robots are mainly professional service robots that are built to mimic human motion and interaction. They provide value by automating services that leads to cost savings and increased productivity.
There’s a wide range of tasks a humanoid robot can do, from dangerous rescues to compassionate care. The ways which the robots can be used are constantly expanding as the technology improves. More specifically, these robots are now used for research and space exploration, personal assistance and caregiving, education and entertainment, search and rescue, manufacturing and maintenance, public relations and health care.
Currently, humanoid robot usage is on the rise; Chinese companies are rushing to deploy robots and automation technology as doctors were grappling with COVID-19. For instance, the Smart Field Hospital , a field hospital staffed by robots, opened its gates in Wuhan, China in early March. Humanoid robots donated by CloudMinds Technology - a Silicon Valley company - disinfect, measure temperatures, deliver food and medicine and entertain medical staff and patients.
Apart from medical humanoid robots, one of the most interesting humanoid robots is the robotic actor, RoboThespian. Founded by director Will Jackson in 2004, this entertainment humanoid was created through collaboration between artists, mechanical and computer engineers, and animators. RoboThespian is a robotic actor that comes with a library of impressions, greetings, songs and gestures. More of these humanoid actors join together to create a robotic theatre.
Also, most humanoid robots are now human collaborators. For instance, Walker by UBtech Robotics is designed to collaborate with humans in their homes. With seven degrees of freedom manipulators, this humanoid robot was developed to perform household tasks and smart home control.
The robotic industry will see an increase in humanoid robots, it has been well-documented that there will be an increase of robots used over the next decade. By 2025, robots will perform 25% of all labor tasks according to the Boston Consulting Group. It is well predicted that the growth of humanoid robots will affect the service industry. Humanoid robots, while being one of the smallest groups of service robots in the current market have the greatest potential to become the industrial tool of the future.
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