What developers need to know about the outlook for robotics solutions in 2023

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Companies and organizations are moving towards more efficient operations through automation, and part of this digital transformation is the deployment of robotics solutions. Zion Market Research reports that the market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.8 percent $82.1 billion globally by 2028.

Florian Pestoni in orbit The most interesting challenge in robotics, says the CEO and co-founder, is the shift from focusing on hardware to software. “In some ways, robotic solutions have become the physical embodiment of software,” he says.

Looking ahead, here are some of the trends Pestoni sees shaping for 2023 and insights into where developers can look for opportunities to develop bot solutions.

Do you see the trend towards automation with robots continuing in 2023?

spades: The trend towards automation is unstoppable. Driven by demographics as well as supply chain and labor challenges, companies in every industry and around the world are looking to improve operational efficiency.

Whether it is with small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) or corporations, the use of bots is also a response to increased competition and consumer expectations. This is becoming an increasingly existential threat to companies that don’t embrace bots.

What industries will apply robots?

spades: Let’s look at e-commerce. Two decades ago, when e-commerce was really taking off, the standard delivery time for an order was nearly one week. Then the delivery came in two days, one day and the same day. Now, some express delivery companies promise to bring items to your door within 10 minutes.

Over this time period, we’ve gone from 7 days, or roughly 10,000 minutes, to 10 minutes. This has been enabled by the adoption of technology, including warehouse automation, part fulfillment and even curbside delivery robots. Can you imagine trying to compete while you’re 1,000 times slower?

Besides logistics and retail, agriculture is likely to embrace robotics on a large scale. I recently conducted a poll about this with my (skewed) network on LinkedIn, and 61 percent of respondents predicted that AgTech would be their next success story. Construction was a distant second, with just 18 percent of the vote.

What industries will ramp up existing deployments?

spades: Retail supply chain and in-house logistics are two areas that are already expanding their use of robots. Some bot companies have exceeded 10,000 bot deployments. Of course, the leader in this field is Amazon, with more than 500,000 bots in operation.

John Deere is leading the charge at AgTech, with a growing range of fully autonomous tractors that can operate without anyone in the cabin. There are also a number of robots that specialize in harvesting specific types of crops and fruits.

Do software developers enable bot solutions to work with each other and with other systems?

Florian Pestoni
Florian Pistoni, CEO and Co-Founder, InOrbit

spades: This is a topic I’ve been championing for the past couple of years, and it’s finally seeing traction with end users and bot developers alike.

The need for interoperability between different robotics systems has gone from something that should be a must and gets a lot of attention at trade shows and conferences. Ultimately, this will be driven by end users — companies large and small that deploy bots as part of their operations — who demand a basic level of support for interoperability from their suppliers.

There are some emerging standards that attempt to address communication between different systems. However, the need goes beyond basic interoperability. The ultimate goal is to have different bots work together in harmony with each other and in coordination with existing infrastructure and systems such as WMS (Warehouse Management System) or ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). This requires coordination.

What other trends do you expect?

spades: Robots are becoming increasingly common in everyday life. Whether it is a robot waiter in a restaurant, which is already widely used in Asia; a food delivery robot on campus and city groceries; Or a security bot in the office or the mall, we go back to normal.

The growth in service bots will continue to be exponential as more companies tackle more use cases and expand their bot solutions and fleets.

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