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WHEN WILL ROBOTS BECOME AS POPULAR AS SMARTPHONES?


A small device to communicate, to get traffic and weather information. What sounded like science fiction 20 years ago, is trivial today. Smartphones are a big part of our life. The triumph of the smartphone began in 2007 after the launch of the first iPhone. Many experts claim that we are about to witness another revolution. Domestic robots are supposed to make our life even easier. But how long does it take until robots become as common as smartphones?

GROWING DEMAND FOR ROBOTS
Washing machines, dish washers, microwaves and other technical aid are around for many decades but using real robots in your household is not very common until now. At the same time, many people are very interested in domestic robots and the demand is even growing. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) forecasts that the number of domestic household robots will rise to 31 million until the year 2019. Most of them will be vacuum cleaning robots and robotic mowers.

The high demand in domestic robots is a result of many factors one of which is the demographic change that is happening in many parts of the world. Especially Japan and Europe are facing an increasingly aging of their population. When searching for an affordable household help, more and more people are going for robots. They can help you with gardening, work as an assistant for senior care or even as an emotional support against loneliness.

ROBOTS NEED TO BE ENHANCED
The reason why these kinds of robots are not yet as common as smartphones is not the people’s skepticism but the robots themselves, according to experts like Will Allen from HP Labs. As he explains on the Robotics Trends podcast, current robots are too defective and do not integrate into people’s life. According to Allen it is now up to the production companies to change that. Only if the people really benefit from the work of the robots, their triumph can begin. While robotics becomes an increasingly relevant topic and the demand is growing, more and people decide to work in this field. This could have a positive impact on the technical development of the robots and make them better in a short period of time.

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Why Robotbits.com?

In recent years, ROS has become the standard in Service and Research Robotics, and it’s making great advances in the Industry sector (visit http://rosindustrial.org/).

Most of the robots and components in the market support ROS, though sometimes finding which are really supported, what ROS version they make use, and how to get them is a difficult task. One of our main purposes is to make it easier and simpler for the customer, linking the products with their ROS controllers, explaining how to install and configure them and showing where to find useful information about them.

All the products in the site are supported by ROS, either available directly in the ROS distribution or through their source code. The ROS community has a new meeting point in Robotbits!

ROS as standard
From Robotbits.com we strongly believe that ROS is and will be the standard in Robotics for many more years. Therefore we want to encourage roboticists to use it (whether you are not already doing so) as well as manufacturers to give support to it.

Supporting ROS and its Community
Currently the ROS core is being maintained by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), which is an independent non-profit R&D company leading the development, maintenance of ROS versions and hosting all the necessary infrastructure.

From Robotbits.com we try to encourage the use of ROS as well as its maintenance and growth

On the other hand, we want to encourage the ROS community to participate in the development, improvement and documentation of ROS packages (ros.wiki.org) as well as in helping with ROS related problems (answers.ros.org).

Welcome to Robotbits!!!
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