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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Emerging Robotic Technologies

Enhanced Artificial Intelligence Key to Spurring Robotics Technology Deployment

Technical improvements in fields such as microelectronics, microprocessing, and artificial intelligence have given rise to prototype versions of humanoids. With an ability to emulate limited human behavior accurately, this robotics technology is finding application in diverse sectors ranging from manufacturing to defense. Robotics software constantly undergoes improvements with developments in areas such as neural networking, natural language processing, image recognition, and speech recognition/synthesis. For instance, the University of Missouri has created a machine, which comprehends basic spatial relationships in a real-time interactive mode to use that information to navigate complex obstacle courses.

This Technical Insights study, World Emerging Robotics Technology, provides an in-depth analysis of the latest trends. The study throws light on worldwide technology developments in this field and analyses applications in different verticals such as manufacturing, defense, healthcare, and consumer robotics. The research service also provides the unique advantage of discovering the trends of the vendor and the needs of the user communities. This will enable participants to plan strategically for long-term benefits.

Robotics Technology Increasingly Used in Real-time Applications

Robotics technology is moving out of research labs and is increasingly being deployed in various applications. Moving from traditional fields such as industrial automation and manufacturing, robots are now utilized even in healthcare and defense segments. Progress in video imaging, endoscopic technology, and instrumentation is changing conventional open surgeries into endoscopic ones. Another area of use is defense with increased research and development for equipment, which can minimize risk to human life.

"Surveillance, mine detection, and reconnaissance are some of the applications provoking maximum interest for the use of robots," observes the analyst of this research. "The applications of robots are growing manifold with miniaturization, development of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and biologically inspired robots that can move swiftly like insects."

Nano-robots Impacting Medical Industry on a Large Scale

A pioneering innovation, nano-robots or nanobots, is expected to revolutionize the medical industry. With the ability to treat at a cellular level, nanobots can be used for functions such as repairing genes, delivering drugs locally, and battling cancer cells and viruses.

"These robots can be introduced into the human body for drug delivery purposes, for clearing clogged arteries, for inspection, or for excision purposes," explains the analyst. "They also can be used to target a specific cancer cell in the body and deliver the drug to the specific location for enhanced effectiveness besides avoiding side effects and damage to surrounding normal cells."

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