The market research firm says that as robots become more intelligent, they will be able to sense their surroundings, avoid static and dynamic objects, understand emotions, and communicate, which will allow them to seamlessly move about in congested and crowded spaces such as homes. Advanced AI will also endow them with the intelligence to make informed decisions in real time, thereby enabling them to be fully autonomous. This opens up a range of applications in home environments, from cleaning to assisted elderly care, and support for children with special needs.
"The lack of doctors, caregivers, and primary and secondary teachers is making a strong case for the use of personal robots in the healthcare and education sectors,” said Vijay Narayanan, Visionary Innovation senior research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, in a prepared statement. "With more children requiring special attention and the yearly costs of childcare escalating, there will be a huge market for robots with the ability to understand the unique needs of children and play the role of an entertainer, companion or mentor."
The analysis, "Future of Personal Robots—AI Advancements Drive the Use Case of Robots in Personal Environments, Forecast to 2025," identifies the various transformational shifts that are fueling the use of personal robots. It assesses the market potential for robotic applications in home environments and the cost savings they can help achieve. It also studies the disruptions robots can effect in major service industries such as hospitals, hotels, supermarkets and logistics.
Personal robots' application scope is expected to expand due to growth opportunities such as:
- 1,536 million people across the world will be aged 65 or older by 2050, with the majority expected to be from the APAC and Africa region. Robot density in countries such as Japan is expected to be more due to the high aging population.
- Personal robots are set to be an $18.85 billion opportunity by 2020. The Asian market for robots will explode with China emerging as one of the major countries expected to provide innovative, low-cost autonomous mobile robots in the next few years.
- The advent of AI is resulting in smart autonomous bots that will eliminate manual tasks. By 2019, 2.5 million industrial robots are set to be part of the future workforce, with 42 million service bots operating for domestic use.
- Cloud robotics, 3D vision, virtual foresight and smart materials are some of the emerging technologies in robotics that will create new capabilities in future robots.
"Future of Personal Robots—AI Advancements Drive the Use Case of Robots in Personal Environments, Forecast to 2025" is part of Frost & Sullivan’s global Visionary Innovation (Mega Trends) Growth Partnership Service program.