The consumer robotics industry is moving along. The prolonged global effects after the recent recession have certainly dampened the near-term potential for the consumer robotics market; however, the market is set to quadruple in revenue between 2012 and 2017. Consumer task robots are still dominated by the familiar robotic vacuum cleaner today, but the variety of task robots will continue to expand. Floor mopping robots will be added alongside floor washing robots, and window washing robots are just starting to hit the market. Leaf and snow cleanup are also possibilities.
In the meantime, the longer term goal of commercialized personal robots, while further out than a 5-year forecast window, is coming closer to reality because of many developments and economies of scale that are being leveraged from the mobile devices market and related components to cloud computing. While complex manipulators will be required to accomplish physical tasks, armless mobile robots will cost less and still provide varied functionality as companies working on these robots work out just what particular applications they want to tackle first.
This Research Report covers the drivers and inhibitors of the market, where consumer robotics fits in among the whole robotics market, and how advances in other markets are affecting the consumer space. It covers major components of the robotics market, and various locomotion options as well. It discusses what the major companies in this space are doing. Forecasts provide shipments, ASPs, and revenue in the consumer robotics space, including segmentation by region, segment, and sub segment. Forecasts also look at shipments, ASPs, and revenue for major components including those from the semiconductor market.