ABI Research has been covering consumer robotics since 2006 and is now covering it in more depth and detail than ever before, leveraging our experience in high-tech products, enabling technologies, and the large technology vendor ecosystem involved. ABI Research has segmented the consumer robotics market into tens of product types grouped into several consumer robotics market segments. This market data consists of shipments, ASPs, revenue, and key technology attachment rates (computing architectures, sensors, and connectivity) down to the product type level. In this latest edition, coverage is extended to include Home Care Robotics Device Installed base and Household Penetration forecasts. In addition, comparison forecast for comparable regions are provided for the smart home market. Smart Home forecasts are drawn from the ABI Research Smart Home Service and market data deliverable (MD-HAS-114)
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The study also quantifies the distribution of shipments and revenue by region, and segments consumer robotics by-product;
The product types covered include;
• Home Care/Lawn Care Robots: These are task robots that include robotic products that vacuum, wash floors, clean windows, and cut the lawn, or any mobile consumer robot meant to perform a certain task at home. Home care/lawn care products were further segmented into four distinct groups based on their general function:
- Floor Care Robots: Robotic vacuums, sweepers, washers, and dusters. Hybrid systems (products that are both sweepers and washers), along with combo systems (combinations of robotic vacuums and traditional vacuums that are sold as a single unit and share componentry), were also included in the floor care category. In one set of tables, floor care is further broken down into robotic vacuum cleaners, robotic floor moppers, and others. Others would include floor washers (with rotating brushes), sweepers, and hybrid products.
- Lawn Care: Robotic lawn mowers.
- Pool Care: Robotic pool cleaners.
- Miscellaneous Systems: A collection of miscellaneous robotic products with very low market share, including window washers, gutter cleaners, etc.
• Entertainment/Toys: These are robotic toys that are a subset of smart toys, which have processing, software, or even just wireless connectivity to be controlled by a smartphone, whether by a person using software, by the software, or both. Robotic toys may or may not have wireless connectivity, but they do have processing, sensing, and programming, however simple.
• Personal/Social Robots: This includes complex, multifunctional personal robots that can put objects away in a home and perform various tasks, but this would be an example of longer-term goals. The market for these is starting with very simple, stationary (not mobile) personal robots that are barely articulated for the purpose of facing the user, taking photos and videos of a group of people, and providing some character while communicating with the user.
• Other: This includes any other category not mentioned above, which today is mostly robotic kits bought by consumers for educational purposes. This does not include kits purchased for use by schools.
The study also provides a breakdown of the market share among companies across the various homecare markets. key industry leaders included iRobot, Neato, Ecovacs, Husqvarna, Maytronics, LG, and Samsung to name a few.
This market is evolving rapidly across everything from lower-cost robotic toys to complex personal robots. Market forecasts cover the 2014 to 2026 time period.