The amount of money being put into robotics is staggering. Beyond multi-billion dollar investments in automated factories and sensors technology, robotic tools are making their way into consumers’ hands – like with these robots which teach children how to code.e
The robots were manufactured through a Kickstarter funded to the tune of $1.5 million.
Of course, robotics comes in many forms. The advent of machine learning and connected devices is a form of robotics in and of themselves, and are now taking hold more than ever before – Google’s $3 billion acquisition of Nest has played a large part in that.
But the future of robotics doesn’t just lie in factories and toys, but everyday items in the consumer’s home. Such is the reasoning behind the huge investment in robotics from businesses such as Dyson, which has just unveiled its first robotic vacuum cleaner:
Dyson has been pumping plenty of money into its robotics ventures for a while now. Earlier this year, James Dyson made these comments at an event in Japan:
“We’re doubling the size [of research and development]… we already have within the last two years and we’re going to double again. Partly we want to make extra products, but in order to be competitive, globally, you have to have better technology than all your competitors.”
“A company that doesn’t double its R&D team every two years, I think, is in trouble.”
According to The Verge, this latest product is the result of decades of development and $47 million.
With more well-known brand names coming on board, it’s only a matter of time before more connected devices start entering the home. It’s easy to imagine a connected home in which appliances and features are operating not only when you’re home but when you’re out of town as well – if you’re going away for a holiday, no coming home to a messy house. You’ll be able to control much of your life via remote. (This is already happening in retail with the growth of iBeacon).
As this trend grows, what we will see is an expansion of the expectations of the “always on” consumer. Robotics is just another form allowing that consumer to fulfil their expectations not just in a retail environment, but everywhere.