The Future of Technology in Business | Cobots and their Innovative Applications
Technology is being used in new ways all the time and keeps improving and doing more incredible things every day. When we think about how technology will be used in the future, we often think about robots and yes, they will have a big part to play in business.
As it currently looks, we don’t need to worry about robots stealing all our jobs. Instead, many robots are something called “cobots” which means collaborative robots that work alongside us humans to make our lives easier and to help get jobs done faster and more efficiently.
There are already a bunch of industries where cobots are used and where their presence is not surprising. They’re already in use in manufacturing, in the automotive sector, and in warehouses, for example.
As we move into the future, they will most likely be found in many other places and situations too. Which industries and areas could be improved by cobots? Read on for a few unexpected cobot uses that are already happening and find out more about cobots on Mills CNC.
Cobots and their Innovative Applications
Service Jobs – Cobot Bartenders & Concierges
Robot bartenders are already in use on cruise ships and in hotels and pubs worldwide. You can usually choose and tailor your drink via an app and then watch it being created by robot arms in front of you. Currently, there’s still human involvement with staff supervising and doing more delicate parts of cocktail making, like adding the garnish.
Cobots are also doing more in hotels than just supplying guests with their favourite drinks – they’re also helping to look after guests in other ways. In some Hilton hotels, there’s a robot concierge that looks after guests during their stay. Using artificial intelligence, they can interact with them and answer questions too. The robot learns from each interaction and improves its answers, becoming more intelligent from each conversation.
Saving the Bees
Cobots can be used for environmental politics too and were recently used for a project by Glassworks Barcelona and Greenpeace Spain where the goal was to get 250,000 people and 250,000 bees to sign a petition against the use of pesticides that are dangerous to bees. Naturally, bees can’t sign these but would be against them if they had a choice. The cobots were used to paint digital signatures of the bees for this project.
You might think that farming would be one of the last areas to include robots, but technology is already changing the way farms work. One area where cobots are being used on some farms is for cow and sheep herding. To herd the cows or sheep, special drones are used. These have recorded barking sounds to herd the sheep and humans can manouvre and direct them from the comfort of their farmhouse or office. This has been shown to be successful as livestock moves faster and with less stress than with the traditional herding method. Another benefit is that the farmers can monitor their land from a distance, checking in on the animals as well as water and feed levels without causing any disturbance.
These are just a few areas where cobots are already in use and showing that they are beneficial to us humans. They have not taken our jobs but successfully work alongside us to make some tasks easier and less stressful.