Podcast Episode 10 – Five Predictions For Mobile Robots in 2021

This week, host Mike Oitzman reviews his top 5 predictions for the autonomous mobile robotic market for 2021. This includes the trends that he thinks will be noteworthy over the next year. Mike also finishes his conversation from last week’s episode with Steve Crowe from The Robot Report. Steve and Mike discuss their predictions for 2021 and set the stage for an interesting year ahead for mobile robotics.

PREDICTION 1: E-commerce growth and economic recovery will be the leading meta-trend in 2021

PREDICTION 2: There is going to be a shake down in the disinfection autonomy market this year

PREDICTION 3: Agriculture automation is going ​to be the big story of 2021

PREDICTION 4: Lab automation will get a boost in 2021

PREDICTION 5: Mobile robot software will continue to be a competitive area

If you’d like to read more about Mike’s predictions for 2021, you can view the ​feature article here.

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The podcast is sponsored this week by The Mobile Robot Guide (https://www.automatedwarehouseonline.com/), where you can find all of the latest news and information about mobile robots. The Mobile Robot Guide also publishes monthly Buyers Guides that provide you with complete product specifications and buying advice if you are in the market for a new mobile robotic solution.

This episode of the Mobile Robot Podcast is sponsored by SICK. You’ll find SICK solutions on a majority of the autonomous mobile robots in production today. SICK has been around for more than 70 years and they are one of the most trusted industrial sensor brands in the world. You likely know by now that a LIDAR sensor is state of the art for mobile robot navigation and obstacle avoidance. SO – If you are building a new mobile robot, then you need to take a deep look at the sensors offered by SICK. If you are buying a mobile robot, then be sure to ask what brand of sensors are built into the robot. You’ll also find SICK sensors in use in applications such as light curtains for robotic safety barriers, proximity sensors in manufacturing and in barcode scanning applications across a number of logistics processes. With more than 70,000 products, there is a SICK sensor for all of your industrial applications. Find ​out more at: https://sickusablog.com/keeping-automated-vehicles-track-2d-lidar-localization/ 

The podcast is also sponsored this week by Wiferion. Wiferion is the leading solution provider for the mobile, wireless power supply of electric industrial vehicles. The inductive battery charging system of the etaLINK series charges fast and safe, fully automatic without contacts. The compactness and efficiency of 93% is unparalleled in its class. Find out more at https://www.wiferion.com/

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Written by

Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at moitzman@wtwhmedia.com.