“At bottom, robotics is about us. It is the discipline of emulating our lives, of wondering how we work.”
Prof. Roderick Grupen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Although robotics and automation have been present since the first Industrial Revolution, disrupting technologies such as deep learning, cloud computing and 3D mapping are taking the robotics applications to a whole new level. In fact, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), by 2019 more than 2.6 million industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world.
Europe is leading the industrial robotics revolution with a 65% of its members having an above-average ratio of industrial robots per 10K employees at their manufacturing companies .
But also North America Robotics market has broken all historical reports for orders and shipments: 34.606 robots, valued at $1.900M were ordered in 2016  (an increase of 10% over the previous year).
But the most interesting data is not about the industrial robots but the non-industrial ones. The non-industrial robotics market will increase to $15.000M by 2020  (a 300% net increase in 5 years). While the automotive industry were the main consumer for industrial robotics, customer services are the main application for the non-industrial ones. An illustrative example of this is The Henn-Na Hotel, the world-first hotel staffed by robots.
Let’s take a look at some interesting non-industrial robotics startups:
― 1. Fellow Robots
Founded: 2014, Mountain View, United States
Machine learning and neural networks let Fellow’s robot understand everything inside a store and simplify the inventory process. Fellow’s robot can create in-store maps of your products, detect pricing discrepancies, out-of-stocks, misplaced items and notify your employees to resolve them in minutes.
― 2. Moley
Funding: $1.7M, Seed
Founded: 2015, London, England
A fully integrated automated kitchen, designed for regular homes and able to cook with the skill and flair of a human chef. Its articulated robotics hands reproduce the entire function of human hands with the same speed, sensitivity and movement.
― 3. Jibo
Funding: $70M, Series B
Founded: 2012, Boston, United States
Jibo Inc. is a design-driven company dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences through advanced social robotics technology. They have created Jibo, the social robot for the home and family and Jibo SDK. Through Jibo SDK developers can create and build a wide range of skills to extend Jibo’s personality and capabilities in the home.
― 4. Cobalt Robotics
Funding: Undisclosed, Seed
Founded: 2016, Palo Alto, United States
Cobalt builds indoor robots for security. Designed to work along with human guards to provide better security. Cobalt’s robots can detect intruders or security anomalies while interacting with and around people at the office. Their sensors record where it was and what it saw and, at the same time, it can be remotely controlled by humans to provide assistance in emergencies.
Funding: $17.2M, Series A
Founded: 2014, London, England
Starship Technologies is developing self-driving delivery robots. With a combination of mobile technologies and a local hub system, they aim to disrupt the local delivery market. Starship robots include tracking technologies, cameras, audio and a locking system to prevent thefts.
I also have a robotic colleague at work!
His name is Pepper! Pepper is a social robot. He lives at everis where he learns and helps us with our daily tasks. He also tweets sometimes! You can connect with him on Twitter: @everisPepper