Rise Of The Robots
Yes, the robots are coming. They're already here, in fact—if you know where to look. Warehouses and manufacturing facilities are quickly becoming hotbeds of autonomous robot activity, and—judging by the activity on the robotics startup scene—offices and homes are the next waves coming. Research firm IDC reports that global spending on robotics and drones will hit $201.3 billion as of 2022, up from an expected $86.6 billion this year. Industrial robots are predicted to drive the most spending, though service robots and consumer robots are expected to grow steadily, as well, according to IDC. Startups that are developing cutting-edge robots in all of these areas have seen significant traction in 2018, with an array of new product releases and major funding rounds over the past year.
What follows are CRN's picks for the hottest robotics startups of 2018.