Imagine waking up in the morning to the smell of coffee and hot toast for breakfast, with the washing machine humming with yesterday’s laundry altogether singing in harmony.
You would say that may be the future of home automation technology, but in fact, it is actually happening now. With everyday home machines coming out smarter, functional and artificially intelligent, all thanks to the power of robotics.
From everyday house cleaning, industrial manufacturing and even precision surgery, robotics is now making a strong presence in these purportedly human activities.
From an automatic laundry washing machine that could do the laundry, dry and fold, to everyday cleaning bots that vacuum your floors to remove dirt and grime.
You also have your instant espresso maker that lets you have your coffee just the way you want it and your refrigerator that prepares your shopping lists, meals and oh, even orders it for you online while you wait for it to be delivered to your door without stepping out of the house.
This is the robotics technology of today and the future of home automation has already started.
How it all started
Although historical records dating way back to the second and third century B.C when description that fit an ‘artificial’ human when a Chinese mechanical engineer called Yan Shi presented King Mu of Zhiu a human-shaped figure that was capable of doing mechanical functions.
It was first historically recognized as a concept developed by Russian writer Karel Capek back in the early 1920’s in a book ho wrote titled R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots) for which he used the term robota from the Slavic tongue which meant labor.
The story revolved around a time where a factory was manufacturing artificial people called robots and bore a very striking resemblance and even carried our mechanical functions like man in doing tasks and chores.
This followed decades later by science fiction author Isaac Asimov with a book called Three Laws of Robotics that sparked additional interest in the quest of making breakthrough discovery in robotics to make work easier for man.
In 1948 the first ever principles of cybernetics that served the basis for the use of practical robots was formulated by Norbert Wiener.
Autonomous robots were then used in industries starting from the half of the 20th century, specifically in 1961 when the first programmable robot name Unimate was used to lift hot-tempered metal from a die cast press and stacking them to prepare for packaging.
Years later, the rapid growth of the global market continued to provide more opportunities for the development and creation of robots for to increase and optimize production to fill the growing demands for food, clothing, basic commodities and more.
Robotics technology is all around us
Other than the fictional and cinematic appeal of robotics technology in today’s science fiction genre, we actually are in an age where robotics technology has come to play a very important aspect in our everyday lives.
Robotics is a combined discipline of electronic, mechanical and computer engineering sciences that develops automation or substituting human physical function with mechanical alternatives.
Robotics technology is the application of robotics in the everyday life of man.
Robots and robotic technology is everywhere, but the reason why we do not get to notice it is because we may be too preoccupied with things around us and see it commonly everyday that we get to not take a second look the realize that it is a product of robotics technology.
According to the International Federation Robotics, Asia is by far the largest market for industrial robots in the world and sales are increasing year after year.
The benefits of robotics
With rapid advancements in the fields of robotics technology, recent practices are now more into the development of safer, smarter and affordable robots which can be fielded for almost every possible work that can be done by human hands.
One of the biggest advantages for robots is that it can be fielded for work in hazardous environments, which man may not be able to withstand, especially when working for long periods of time.
Robots can also be working longer hours with the same level of accuracy and productivity.
Another benefit is that it would work rapidly and may be more affordable in terms of operational costs where a robot may be able to do the work of several men in the workplace like product assembly, welding, lifting, setting and tempering just to name a few.
The medical industry has also benefited from the use of robotics technology to carry our intricate surgical procedures and can be conducted with such great accuracy when programmed.
Also, the extensive use of robots is due to the fact that it can be customized to carry out almost any function and a wide variety of tasks.