I wanted to inform you of a website that is a great source of news on the Robot Industry. Plus the website has a great new mashup that displays the location of over 1000 robot industry related companies on a Google map.
While the market for industrial robotics is well established, there is a nascent and growing market for robots outside of the factory in government, business and in the home. We are nearing a point in our history where robots and robotic technology will begin to play a much more active part in the lives of humans. I believe there is huge potential for robots and robotic applications in not only on the manufacturing floor and for government defense, but in the consumer and business environment as well. I do see a day on the horizon where robots will be mass produced like automobiles and smartphones are today. That might seem crazy right now, but mark my words…it will happen.
So I am interested in following this important emerging trend and learning about the future market for robots. One person I have been following is Frank Tobe. Frank loves researching and learning about the market for robots. Early in 2008, in a personal effort to learn about the robotics industry and the future of robotics, Frank began an intensive research project that took him to Japan, Korea, Germany and all over the Internet. In the process, he founded and created The Robot Reportwebsite to communicate industry news, his research, and his thoughts about the development of this important technology trend.
The Robot Report gathers and reports industry news, tracks the business of robotics, and has developed proprietary (ROBO-STOX™) methods to compare robot industry stock performance to the NASDAQ Index. Whether reporting about a robotic arm, a new robotic hand or the stock results of the robotics industry, The Robot Report does a great job of keeping me informed about all the developments in the market for business and consumer robots.
Over the last 4 years, Frank has built a comprehensive worldwide database of public and private companies that are participants in the robotics industry. Recently Frank mashed this database with Google Maps to produce a global map of 1000+ robot manufacturers worldwide. The map is color coded so Red markers show where industrial robots are produced; blue show service robots; and green reflect start-ups. The top 20 robotics universities and research labs are shown in yellow. The map is located at this URL: http://www.therobotreport.com/index.php/site/TRR-Global-Map/. You can find some detailed country level analysis by going here.
Even though this industry is still in an emerging state, you can get a feel for the potential just by looking at all the companies involved. The map certainly reveals the growing diversity, vigor and scope of today’s robotics industry. Kudos to Frank Tobe for being a pioneer in researching and tracking this emerging industry. You can read Frank’s blog posts at Everything-Robotic blog and you can follow him on Twitter via @therobotreport.