Non-Industrial Robots

Robots and AI are used in non-industrial applications such as healthcare, hospitality, and consumer purposes. Service robots are robots that perform useful tasks for humans or devices, excluding industrial automation applications. Service robots are categorized into “personal service robots or personal service robots” and “professional service robots or commercial service robots”, depending on their purpose. A personal service robot is a service robot typically used by regular customers for non-commercial purposes. Examples include domestic servant robots, automated wheelchairs, and robots that support personal mobility. Professional service robots or service robots for professional use are service robots used for commercial tasks and are typically operated by properly trained operators. Examples include cleaning robots for public places, delivery robots in offices and hospitals, fire-fighting robots, rehabilitation robots, and hospital surgery robots. In this context, an operator is a person assigned to start, monitor, and stop the intended operation of a robot or robotic system. According to ISO 8373’s definition, a “service robot” is not intended for industrial automationand is designed to perform useful tasks for humans or equipment. These robots must have a certain level of autonomy, ranging from partial autonomy that involves human-robot inter action to full autonomy where no human intervention is necessary. The International Federation of Robotics provides statistics on service robots, which can include systems with varying degrees of autonomy and human-robot interaction and are classified based on their personal or professional use, form, structure, and application area. The field of service robotics is diverse, featuring unique designs and automation levels, from tele-operation to full autonomy. Robots have made significant contributions to our daily lives, such as enabling paraplegics to walk, enhancing healthcare quality, reducing household chores, streamlining retail experiences, protecting our homes, facilitating the consumption of fresher foods, and promoting environmental sustainability by recycling harmful materials. These technological advancements have impacted our quality of life and the sustainability of our planet, whether visible or working behind the scenes. 

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