In recent times science-fiction films and literature seem to be coming to life as modern society is evolving and beginning to welcome robots and augmented technology. So far, the use-cases have been reasonably regulated and targeted, yielding some potential applications.
The fight against the coronavirus pandemic, for example, has lately proven to be a valuable use-case.
Much was unknown about the virus early in the pandemic, particularly in terms of transmission and exposure risk. Furthermore, there was simply not enough skilled employees to undertake the requisite testing and screening procedures, further straining the testing capacities of almost all countries.
As a result, several healthcare institutions across the world begun to employ robots and automated technologies to meet these demands. In the US, the University of California testing labs were among the first to reconfigure robot infrastructure to assist with Covid-19 testing. In the patient-care setting, robots have recently been deployed for vital activities.
This is not, by any means, a uniquely American phenomenon. India has lately made headlines by using Mitra, a 5-foot robot that uses facial recognition and a tablet to prevent infection and transmission of Covid in hospitals.
Robots Can Be Advantageous For Business
It’s worth noting that, in comparison to past automation systems, COVID-19 has caused the least amount of interruption.
Amazon’s large investment in robotic automation within its fulfilment centres, for example, paid off because it enabled for reliable delivery of critical medical supplies to hospitals and household essentials to those who were instructed to stay indoors.
Many firms have begun to experiment with autonomous products delivery systems in recent years, including vision-guided robots which are often self-navigating and can be operated in the ground and are airborne.
According to Reports and Data, the global vision guided robotics software market size was USD 836 Million in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 14.4% to reach USD 2459.1 Million by 2026.
These robots could be life-saving in the event of a pandemic. Vision guided robotics is a rapidly expanding technology that can reduce manpower and increase production.
One issue that may still pose a threat to global supply chains is their substantial reliance on human operators to keep cargo flowing, such as truck drivers, cargo ship crews, and port crane operators. Vision guided robots could be successfully deployed to fight any such issues in the future.
Vision Guided Robotics Reached Its Full Potential During Covid-19
Maintaining social distance can be difficult in some situations, such as hospitals where personal protection equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses, such as masks and gowns, is scarce. Protecting these frontline healthcare personnel is vital to success in the fight against the disease.
Robots, on the other hand, do not require personal protective equipment and can complete simple jobs. Replacing humans with robots encourages social separation, which helps to reduce the virus’ spread while also allowing healthcare workers to focus on more pressing issues.
Orbbec, a maker of 3D depth sensors, has long promoted the benefits of 3D sensors in medical applications such as fall detection and patient monitoring, alerting doctors and nurses when a patient wants assistance.
Thousands of these cameras are currently deployed in hospitals across the United States and can decrease injury levels in older citizens due to falls by more than 50%.
With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, 3D cameras in healthcare environments on robots that perform supply transportation, custodial, and guiding tasks in hospitals have registered increased demand in China.
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China Making Most Out Of Vision Guided Robotics Technology
In fact, China appears to be making the most progress in terms of vision guided robot manufacturing and deployment. By 2027, the vision guided robotics market size
In China is estimated to reach USD 1.8 billion.
China has deployed 5G patrol robots in public places, airports, and shopping malls, reminding people to wear face masks and wash their hands, as well as monitoring mask wear and body temperatures of people supporting police in preventative inspections.
The robot features five high-resolution cameras and infrared thermometers that can simultaneously scan the temperature of ten persons within a 5-meter radius. Any potential risk, such as the lack of a mask or a high temperature, triggers an alert from robots to the appropriate authorities, allowing for a real-time response.
UDI, a Chinese start-up, has created Hercules, a self-driving robot vehicle for logistics applications. It transports food to secure regions.
The robot, which can carry up to 1,000 kilos in its luggage container, drives itself using LIDAR, stereo vision cameras, and deep-learning algorithms. In the next years, the business intends to mass-produce these self-driving logistics robots.
Vision guided drones are used to detect patients suffering from infectious and respiratory diseases in China. It has also become an important tool for the safe transport of medical and other consumer items, as well as the delivery of medical samples and aerial spray disinfection.
Indeed, the potential applications for this technology are limitless, and this new market opportunity for vision guided robot manufacturers will only grow.
Regulatory officials, scientists, and industry experts, are also aware that they must continue to keep a careful eye on where this technology is headed and how it is created in order to ensure that the highest standards of safety, privacy, security, and efficacy are routinely met.
Research Author: Paroma Bhattacharya
Paroma Bhattacharya has dabbled in the realm of content production for over half a decade and possesses extensive experience in penning down pieces related to healthcare, technology, banking, and a wide range of other industry verticals. Her articles focus primarily on balancing relevant data while never neglecting to make the material engaging. She believes in providing objective facts to help people make important business decisions.