Robots in your office, robots in hospitals, robots at home. Is there anywhere robots won’t be in the future?
From what CNET saw at the culmination of UK Robotics Week, it looks like the answer is no. They’ll be everywhere.
The robotics world gathered in London last Friday for the International Robotics Showcase. We caught up with MiRo, the adorable companion robot who could help with care of the elderly, and met Lucie, a robot who’s been hanging out in offices around the UK to learn about human environments and activities as part of a project being run by the University of Leeds.
But stealing the show were the robots designed for medical care. A 3D-printed biopsy robot became the talk of Robotics Week after it won the Surgery Challenge. Speaking at the opening of the showcase, Robotics Week organizer Guang-Zhong Yang, who’s also the co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery and deputy chairman of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, said we’re moving toward a place where robots “could effectively operate at the same level as junior consultants.”