As you read these lines, around 2.7 million industrial robots are working, and every year, around 400,000 new robots are created.
Far from being limited to industries such as vehicle manufacturing or construction, robots are becoming a more important part of everyday life, with around 88%of companies planning to invest in them or add robotics to their businesses in some capacity.
Below are just three unexpected industries that are making the most of robotic technology.
Robots In The Restaurant Trade
Many family restaurants are relying on robots to help servers out, with one Florida restaurant chain reporting that tips have increased significantly, thanks to a robotic helper that carries heavy plates to tables.
Created by Softbank, the Servi robot carries food from the kitchen to the dining room. There, waiters collect the plates and serve the customers. This process frees up staff’s time, so they can talk with customers. The technology also enables them to serve more tables in one shift.
Digital art is playing a huge role on the artistic scene, with the NFT market, for instance, expected to reach a $231 billion net worth by 2030. NFTS don’t always have to be digital, though the majority are… and not all are made by human beings. Of course, NFTs are essentially the ‘bragging rights’ to either physical or digital works of art.
In 2021, Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics launched a collection of NFT artworks by its famous robot, Sophia. Created in collaboration with artist Andrea Bonaceta, each physical piece was linked to an NFT that was then sold on the Nifty Gateway marketplace.
The development is no surprise. As far back as 1973, painter and university professor, Harold Cohen created and used a program called AARON that has made art autonomously for decades.
In 2013, robotic art took center stage again, when a week-long exhibition in Paris featured works produced over various years by an ‘upcoming artist’ that turned out to be a computer program called ‘the painting fool’.
Robotics In Fashion
There is a vast array of game-changing innovations in fashion. Just one example can be found in a ‘SewBot’ called LOWRY, developed by Softwear Automation.
This bot relies on a bevy of cameras to find and correct distortions in fabric. It can cut and sew fabric, inspect for quality and adapt to unique product specifications through simple programming.
The machine has a higher accuracy rate than a human eye and, unlike the latter, it won’t get tired or be impaired via repetitive tasks. Robotics is also being used to print and draw clothing, package items, create 3D printed fabrics, and move pieces around the workspace. Today, two pieces of fabric can also be welded together instead of being sewn.
Robotics is making big advances in a myriad of industries. Fashion, digital art, and the hospitality trade are just three of them. Robots can work alongside staff, as is the case in restaurants, where servers can make the most of the human side of service while robots take care of the heavy stuff.