Must-See Robotics at RoboBusiness 2015

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The New Norm: Collaborative Robots

Close to gone are the days of huge, fixed robots operating behind cages in sprawling factories. A new breed of more compact, flexible and easy-to-program robots has made inroads fulfilling tasks in small to medium-size businesses around the world. These "collaborative robots" can not only be programmed quickly to perform different tasks and move or be moved around the facility, they are safe to work shoulder-to-shoulder with humans. Now they are joining the assembly lines at factories powered by Foxconn, Teradyne, BMW and more. Analysts and insiders predict that this fast-rising sector of collaborative robotics will attract more competitors and be the key to enabling true "lights out" manufacturing, which requires virtually no human intervention.

Robots are far more than a buzz word. They are changing the way we work and live on a daily basis. These smart machines are driving a new era of manufacturing productivity, redefining technology markets, inspiring new business models and taking over more and more tasks now performed by humans. In short, robots are transforming our global economic future. In fact, the application of advanced robotics in health care, manufacturing and services could have an annual economic impact of between $1.7 trillion and $4.5 trillion worldwide within the next decade.

Increasingly, robotics innovation is offering companies a competitive business advantage and humans a better quality of life. Robotic hardware combined with cognitive intelligence and cloud computing capabilities signifies a host of new opportunities in advanced manufacturing, transportation logistics, surgery, retail and hospitality services, and even home and family care. It's more than a fad, it's a sea change: By 2025, the number of automatable tasks will increase to 25 percent across ALL market sectors. Robots stepping in to fulfill those tasks will boost productivity by 30 percent in many industries.

In this slideshow, RoboBusiness, the world's must-attend robotics event, takes you on a tour of some of the robots transforming business as we know it and the trends you need to be tracking to stay ahead of the robotics curve. Don't miss seeing these robots live at RoboBusiness, Sept. 23-24, in San Jose, California.

For more, be sure to sneak a peek into the future of robotics and business at RoboBusiness 2015.

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