Four approaches by industrial robot makers to transition to service robotics
KUKA launched a new lightweight and sensitive arm that can be affixed to a tabletop. YASKAWA MOTOMAN has an ambitious and well-thought-out plan to provide human assist robots. ADEPT is acquiring mobility and food-processing tech to add capabilities. BOSCH is buying, partnering and investing in new tech while making their own robots as backup.
Disruptive startups such as Heartland Robotics and Foxconn could radically change the whole dynamic.