Despite their improved performance, precision, and cost-effectiveness, most robots today function in accordance with nearly the same operating mode as their predecessors, that is, they repeat pre-programmed movements within confined spaces.

This static vision of robotics meets the needs of some companies. However, it limits the potential impact that robots can have in other areas, closer to the reality of people’s lives, including SMBs and other companies that require more flexibility and agility. To design robots that can work in a collaborative, and even proactive, manner in human environments appears to be a natural step forward in the development of robotic technology, away from the industrial robotics of yesterday and toward the more human-like and versatile robots of tomorrow.

The future cohabitation of people and robots may have a considerable impact on several fields and aspects of everyday life, including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Support for people with disabilities
  • Computer-aided surgery
  • Household duties