Five ways the next generation of robots will change your life

By CSIRO

28 October 2013

3 minute read

By Dan Chamberlain

When it comes to the wonderful and whacky world of robotics, there are few events which bring in as many brilliant, bold and beautiful bots as the annual Robobusiness Conference. With recent predictions that the ‘smart machine era’ including the mass production of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors, and autonomous vehicles will be the most disruptive in the history of technology, we may very well be soon living in a world not that far from that of the Jetsons family.

Helping us to realise the vision for our future autonomous world, this year’s annual trade show, held in Silicon Valley, brought together around 600 robotics enthusiasts from all over the globe to discuss the latest robotics trends, research and products. With everything from robots who replicate your dance moves to robots who beam in global attendees on show, we wanted to let you in on the the top five ways we think these super smart bots will change your life.

1 – Cars that can drive themselves:

For those who are sick of having to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, Mercedes-Benz may very well have the solution with their ‘self-driving S Class’ due to go on sale in 2020.

http://youtu.be/CKqJccK_EkM

2 – Remote trainers:

Overcoming the tyranny of distance, we have developed a augmented reality system called ReMoTe, which allows experts based on the other side of the world to provide on-site training advice to employees based in remote locations.

3 – Prescriptions on wheels:

The next time you here someone yell, ‘nurse, I need to take my meds’, it may not be a human who responds. Aethon, a global supplier of smart healthcare services has developed an automated prescription service for hospitals.

4 – Virtual friends – no matter where in the world you are: 

Feeling lonely? Why not beam in a remote friend. Suitable technologies has developed a tele-presence system, which allows you to be in two places at the same time.

http://youtu.be/z23UeJi_uJ4

5 – Robotic arms:

Sick of performing mundane and repetitive tasks? The team from Universal Robots may have the solution with their UR5 automated arm.

And in case your wondering what kind of robotics research we do, check out our latest crop of bots:

Media: Dan Chamberlain. P: +61 2 9372 4491. M: 0477 708 849. Email: daniel.chamberlain@csiro.au