The newly opened UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay incorporates a fleet of 25 TUG autonomous robots made by Aethon for the transportation of medicines, medical equipment, bedding, food and waste. This is the largest deployment of autonomous carrier robots in hospital facilities in the world.
The city of Barcelona has been selected to develop a pilot project for the robotic inspection of underground drainage and sewerage systems, as part of the innovation program of the European Union ECHORD++. This project, which began in 2014 and will end in 2018, is a response to a challenge that every urban settlement in the world has to face.
Telepresence robots allow their users to remotely interact with and observe people and their surroundings without being physically present there themselves. Such robots have the potential to add mobility and adaptability to traditional modes of videoconferencing. Their use in the everyday activities of companies and in the realm of business travel is promising as an idea, but in practice it is, as yet, a technology which is at an early stage in its development, with advantages and disadvantages, as reflected by those who have tried it.
SkyCatch, a start-up based in San Francisco which specializes in the aerial capture and processing of data, has just announced its new Workmode service. Workmode is an online platform which helps companies to find and hire freelance drone pilots for their inspection projects or for data mapping
Robotics vendors are looking for new business and delivery models with which to launch their products and better reach their target market: the lease of machines and the sale of associated services are showing themselves to be flexible and adaptable solutions to address some market needs. A step further, “Robotics as a Service” (RaaS) is emerging as a business model with great potential.