Of Man, Machine & Senses

Wednesday 10th January 2018
Human & Humanoid Robotics

For those who believe we have six senses ie sight, taste, smell, touch, pressure and itch, comes a suprise! We are actually (currently) possess of 15 senses,  add-ins being  equilibrium, thermoception, tension, chemoreceptors, thirst, hunger, magenetoception and time sense. Which must lead to some ruminating, coming as it does with two intriguing developments in global market studies reporting on a growing humanoid robot market, together with an elimination of batteries in electronics and electrical engineering being the predicted to trend from 2018-2028.

Low power Battery Extinction’ the IDTechEx Research Report notes billions of low power electronics and electrics operate without batteries.  IDTechEx  Research report. Battery Elimination in Electronics and Electrical Engineering 2018 2028  notes that billions of wireless electronic and electrical products consuming microwatts to milliwatts or more operate without batteries or even capacitors to store energy. Among the most successful are the piezoelectric gas lighter, the bicycle light with dynamo and the EnOcean wireless building controls such as sensors, lights and light switches in over 400,000 buildings and some boats.

The Torre Crystal building in Madrid alone has installed 30,000 of them. This is managed with energy harvesting, sometimes two types at a time to reduce intermittency and increase security of supply.  In the case of EnOcean that is electrodynamic, photovoltaic and thermoelectric. To further enhance its virtuosity as a “no battery” company, EnOcean is also developing vibration harvesting and thermoelectrics that operate using tiny inputs.

Now a 3.5 microwatt mobile phone with no battery is being developed and a city pollution sensor is on sale from  DraysonTechnologies, both harvesting ambient radio to make their electricity, something only possible now that circuits use much less power. The battery-free phone developed by the University of Washington will also use solar power in addition and it involves a total rethink of the phone system. There is potential for at least millions yearly,  probably much more if emerging countries adopt lowest-cost “everlasting” phones with no batteries

Dr Peter Harrop of IDTechEx, (right) lead author of the IDTechEx Research report, Battery Elimination in Electronics and Electrical Engineering 2018-2028 notes, “We are talking not only of eliminating batteries from more and more mobile electronics but heading for achieving this with non-toxic everyday materials and even bio-compatible or bio-degradable structural electronics. It is an exciting alternative to the old components-in-a-box approach with troublesome materials, as we describe in our report Structural Electronics 2017-2027: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts.” For out more about IDTechEx .

In parallel, the  report on the  Humanoid Robot Market 2017-2022 analyses the crucial factors of the Humanoid Robot market based on present industry situations, market demands, business strategies adopted by Humanoid Robot market players and their growth scenario providing  in-depth information of Humanoid Robot market on the basis of the key Makers, Type, End users/Application and equatorial regions.

The Humanoid Robot industry research report mainly focuses on the industry in the global market. The major regions which contribute to the development of Humanoid Robot market largely cover Humanoid Robot market in the United States, Humanoid Robot market in Europe, Humanoid Robot market in Africa, Humanoid Robot market in the Middle East, Humanoid Robot market in India, China and Japan.

 Sample copy here:  As part of the deal, Lux Capital partner Bilal Zuberi and GV general partner Andy Wheeler are slated to join Veo Robotics’ board of directors. Veo Robotics, founded in 2016, employs 10 workers. It plans to hire additional engineers, product management and systems engineers and product development experts.

CEO Patrick Sobalvarro (leftwas previously an entrepreneur-in-residence for Siemens Venture Capital and the CEO of Massachusetts-based Upward Labs. Veo Robotic technology is designed to enable industrial workers to BOT“collaboratively work with machines, bringing more flexibility, productivity and precision to the manufacturing process,” the release indicates.

This year, industrial robot makers are projected to sell 346,000 units, an 18% increase compared with 2016. China, the Republic of Korea and Japan are the top-three buyers of robots, according to the Germany-based International Federation of Robotics. 

Robot sales reached about $13.1 billion in 2016 and auto makers are the largest buyers of such technology. The total value including software and other related business increases the estimated market to $40 billion, the FR reported. The robotic market is dominated by players such as Japan-based Fanuc, Switzerland-based ABB, Yaskawa Electric and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, both based in Japan.

 

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