“Robots in science fiction are coming into reality!” German Economic Weekly reported recently that although the new crown virus has hit the technology industry hard, service robot applications are rapidly advancing. Distribution of medical supplies for hospitals, delivery of food to guests in isolated hotels, automatic temperature measurement and killing in public places… During the epidemic, the infection risk of many jobs is reduced. Lars reineck, an economist at the University of Munich in Germany, said that this “tide of service robots” is not a temporary and urgent need, but a new starting point for the development of the industry. For China, with the further improvement of scientific and technological levels such as artificial intelligence, 5g and big data, it is likely to become the leader of global service robots.

According to the report on the development of China’s robot industry (2019) released by China Institute of electronics, the scale of China’s robot market is expected to reach US $8.68 billion in 2019, including US $2.2 billion for service robots, with a year-on-year increase of about 33.1%, higher than the growth rate of the global service robot market.

Novel coronavirus pneumonia has been rapidly launched in China after the outbreak of the outbreak of pneumonia in China, providing service robots for Chinese medical institutions. German Siemens began to develop intelligent disinfection robot in February. It took only one week from design to sample. The Global Times reporter learned that this double atomizer automatic spray gun robot powered by lithium battery can disinfect an area of 20000 to 36000 square meters in one hour.

The disinfection robot of UVD robots, a Danish start-up company founded in 2016, can be used for air, surface and ground disinfection in hospital fever clinic, ICU, operating room and office. It can be 360 ° dead angle free, ultra efficient sterilization, and remote and easy to operate. Klaus riszag, CEO of the company, said that this robot is famous in Wuhan and is now snapped up by more than 40 countries and regions around the world.

Yumi robot developed by Swiss robot giant ABB helps Chinese hospitals complete laboratory work and logistics tasks. Yumi mobile robot can perform a variety of repetitive and time-consuming tasks, including preparing drugs, operating centrifuges, handling liquids and sorting test tubes. Motoman csda10f dual arm robot developed by Yaskawa company of Japan is specially used for laboratory automation. Similar to Yumi, this robot can undertake a large number of laboratory tasks that previously needed to be completed by humans. A robot developed by a Swiss robot company can also quickly and accurately insert a breathing tube into a patient’s lung to save his life.

After the epidemic was brought under control in China, it began to wreak havoc in Europe. German business daily said that enterprises that had been focusing on the Chinese market quickly turned to Europe, including the leaders of Chinese enterprises.

A reporter from the Global Times recently went shopping in a German supermarket. Upon entering the gate, the reporter was greeted by a robot called “prepper”. It has the height of a child, a round head and a pair of big eyes. It looks very cute. It can use sound to publicize precautions during epidemic prevention such as “keep a distance of 1.5m between people” and “don’t rush to buy food”. Customers can also ask it for supermarket items and other information. Johanna, a retired teacher who is shopping, told reporters: “this robot with a smile gives people a pleasant feeling and helps us relax the tension caused by the epidemic.” she hopes that this kind of robot can be permanently located in supermarkets and other public places to provide convenience for everyone. According to the supermarket manager, the robot was jointly developed by French and Japanese companies.

Robots from Chinese enterprises are also playing their part in Europe. The first domestic mobile medical temperature measurement patrol robot based on 5g communication technology independently developed by Gao Xinxing company has attracted extensive attention from European media, and many media call it “police robot”. At present, this “police robot” can be seen in some airports, hospitals and shopping centers in Europe. Equipped with 5 high-resolution cameras and infrared thermometers, it can scan the temperature of 10 people at the same time within a radius of 5 meters.

The epidemic has spawned a wave of service robots, which can replace manual reduction of infection

If a temperature rise or a person without a mask is detected, a warning will be issued to the competent authority. Also of concern is the “security robot” developed by youbixuan. Similar to the “police robot”, it can be used to monitor the temperature of hospital patients and visitors, distribute hand disinfectants and provide visitors with information about viruses.

The products of China Jifei technology have obtained orders from European countries. The BBC reported that after testing, the British side believes that the waterproof and dust-proof design of Jifei technology robots and UAVs can adapt to the local complex and changeable climate environment in the UK, work independently, spray disinfectants in areas with serious epidemic, reduce the risk of virus infection of emergency personnel, and meet the police’s demand for safe flight and precision spraying equipment.

“China’s robot development is entering the 3.0 stage.” Lars reineck, a German economist, told the global times that in the first stage, China’s robot industry mainly produces spare parts for International Robot giants. The second stage is 10 years after 2010. Chinese enterprises have acquired a large number of international robot manufacturers. For example, in 2016, Midea, a Chinese home appliance giant, spent more than 4 billion euros to acquire KUKA, a leading enterprise in the German robot industry. This has also raised concerns in German politics. After that, Germany revised its investment law to restrict Chinese and other non EU enterprises from acquiring enterprises in key industries, including the robot industry.

“Now, it is impossible to buy large European and American robot manufacturers. European and American countries have set up barriers to protect robot manufacturers with high-tech standards from being acquired by other countries. At present, abb in Switzerland is the leader in the field of industrial robots, and several large enterprises such as KUKA in Germany, FANUC in Japan and Yaskawa in Japan are the main ones. In the field of service robots, there are” 100 “problems Reineck said that China’s service robot has developed to the third stage, that is, independent research and development and increased cooperation with world enterprises.

Renek believes that China has more advantages in the field of service robots. First, China has comprehensive advantages in artificial intelligence, 5g and big data, which can improve the robot’s intelligent voice, image recognition, algorithm and other technologies and drive more scene applications. Second, China has the advantages of industrial chain, from upstream raw materials to the global active layout of R & D system, and then to facing the world’s largest consumer group. In addition, Chinese enterprises have the advantages of sufficient funds. These are not available to European, American and Japanese robot manufacturers. Of course, Chinese enterprises should also cooperate with global leaders to enhance their comprehensive strength.

Which service robots will be favored in the future? Reineck and other experts believe that there are mainly the following: disinfection robots that can help disinfect hospitals and other public places and reduce personnel risks, laboratory robots that can help scientific researchers complete dangerous operations, robots that can not only do housework but also facilitate remote monitoring by relatives, friends and doctors, parking robots that help drivers stop and prepare vehicles in advance, There are also robots that transport food and medicine, and robots that provide information in public places. The German weekly Der Spiegel believes that the current epidemic will become a catalyst to promote the development of service robots. Through this epidemic, people will be more willing to accept robot services.

“As one of the important areas of China’s new infrastructure, the development of artificial intelligence industry is entering a fast lane in China. All parts of China are also building artificial intelligence development bases.” reineck believes that the global demand for service robots has great potential. With the acceleration of aging and the pursuit of high-quality work and living environment such as health and safety, household, medical care The robot market in public services and other fields is expected to usher in rapid growth.


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