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2021 was a transformative year in development, adoption, funding, and M&A activity in the robotics industry. 2022 is off to a robust start and all signs point to rapid robotics growth over the next decade. Below are five key robotics trends to watch in 2022.
(K) 2021년에는로봇산업에서다양한개발과적용, 펀딩, M&A 등과같은다양한활동들이많았다. 2022년도순조로운출발을보이고있는가운데앞으로 10년동안로봇이더욱빠르게성장할것으로관측된다. 다음은 2022년에로봇분야에서주목해야할 5가지트렌드를소개한다.
Growing Investment in Robotics Companies
(E) Investors continue funding the latest robotics innovations in various industries, including the medical, manufacturing, logistics, hospitality, and automotive sectors. With plenty of cash in the market, venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), and strategic investors aim to capitalize on and steer development of disruptive robotics technologies. Likewise, labor shortages and disrupted supply chains are fueling immediate demand. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global industrial robots market is expected to reach $31.13 billion by 2028, up from $14.61 billion in 2020
Intellectual Property (IP) Is Critical for Robotics Innovations
(E) Patents, trade secrets, and other IP continue to be essential tools for fueling growth in the robotics industry. Robust IP protections encourage companies to invest in R&D and offer additional tools to help innovative companies maintain a competitive edge. Further, robotics investors view the exclusivity afforded by IP as a valuable asset since barriers to entry often translate into greater market share. This in turn helps companies attract funding and increase their valuations. Likewise, IP protections are driving an uptick in industry partnerships, lessening the risk of sharing valuable technology and often allowing the parties to benefit from each other’s exclusivity shields for background technology incorporated into joint ventures and collaborations. Savvy robotics companies are building strong patent portfolios to differentiate themselves from competition. Strategic companies are also increasingly leveraging design patents to protect the “look and feel” of robots and user interfaces in addition to the “how it works” protections afforded by utility patents.
(K) 특허, 영업기밀및기타 IP 등은로봇산업을촉진하는역할을한다. 강력한 IP 보호를통해기업들이 R&D에더욱투자할수있도록하며혁신적인기업이경쟁력을유지할수있도록지원하는추가도구를제공한다. 또한로봇투자자들은 IP가제공하는배타성을가치있는자산으로보고있다. 이는기업들이자금을유치하고가치를높이는데도도움이된다. 마찬가지로 IP 보호는산업파트너십의상승을촉진하고중요한기술이빠져나갈수있는위험을줄이고당상자들이공동벤처와협업해통합된백그라운드기술에대한보호로부터이익을얻을수있다. 또한유망한로봇회사들은경쟁사들과차별화하기위해자신들만의특허포트폴리오를구축하고있다. 아울러전략적으로특허가제공하는작동방식에대한것에뿐만아니라로봇과사용자인터페이스의디자인을보호하기위해디자인특허를더많이출원해가고있다.
Cobots and Assistive Robots Take Center Stage in the Workplace
(E) Many companies dream of full automation, but the reality is full automation can be prohibitively expensive and there are many tasks robots cannot perform as well as humans at this stage. Thus, innovative companies are seeking solutions that leverage the best of what humans and robots have to offer.
(E) For example, order fulfillment centers are equipping warehouse workers with robotic exosuits to augment human mobility. These assistive devices help stabilize joints and offload lifting and carrying motions, thereby helping prevent injuries and improve worker endurance. According to Wintergreen Research, the exoskeleton wearable robots market is expected to reach $5.2 billion by 2025, up from $130 million in 2018
(K) 예를들어주문이들어온직후창고직원에게웨어러블로봇(로봇수트)를제공해사람들의이동성을높인다. 이런보조장치는관절을안정시키고리프팅및운반동작을줄여부상을방징하고작업자들의내구성을향상시킨다. 윈터그린리서치에따르면외골격웨어러블로봇시장은 2018년 1억 3천만달러에서 2025년까지 52억규모로늘어날전망이다.
(E) Companies are also looking to cobots (robots that work alongside humans) to improve efficiency and safety by taking over boring, dangerous, or dirty jobs. For example, pick and place cobots are easy to integrate into existing operations and assume the mundane task of sorting and packaging various goods. Cobots are also leveraging advanced imaging and sensor systems to perform robust quality control inspections in manufacturing settings. The use of industrial robots in factory settings nearly doubled over the past 5 years globally and cobots are expected to account for 34% of all robot sales in North America by 2025 compared with 3% in 2017.
Interoperability amongst robots will be as much of a focus as interoperability between cobots and humans as robotics adoption becomes more widespread. Few companies source all of their robotic platforms from a single developer and thus have trouble getting these diverse platforms to communicate and work together. The result is often highly-segmented operations, which limits the potential gains in efficiency. Customer demand will drive the industry to set standards and utilize open architectures to facilitate interoperability across robotic platforms, much like the computer and telecom industries.
Increased Efforts to Prevent Hacking and Mitigate Liability
Cybersecurity will continue to be a top concern for the robotics industry given the potential damage, disruption, and even bodily harm that could result from hackers taking control of robots. Such dangers were demonstrated in 2010 by the use of the Stuxnet computer malware to overspin Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, causing them to tear apart, and companies are even more wary of state-sanctioned cybersecurity threats as geopolitical tensions dominate current events. Companies are also realizing the potential for similar attacks by terrorists, individuals, and even corporations attempting to sabotage competitors. Questions of liability also arise in this context, which are driving an intensive push by industry and government to head off evolving threats.
Adoption of robotic technologies by businesses and consumers exploded early in the pandemic, and continues to accelerate the growth of robots. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are driving robots into most aspects of everyday life. In 2022 and beyond, trust in technology, cost effectiveness, and evidence generation will continue to accelerate the robotic revolution.
(K) 기업과 소비자들의 로봇도입은 코로나 펜데믹으로 더욱 급증했고 로봇의 성장을 가속화하고 있따. 인공지능, 머신러닝, 사물인터넷과 빅데이터의 발전은 로봇을 대부분의 일상으로 확대시키고 있다. 2022년 이후 기술, 비용효과 및 증거 생성에 대한 신뢰가 로봇 혁명을 계속화할 것이다.