Social Robots Fail to Live up to the Hype
The new research, Consumer Robotics: Investment, Disruptors & Future Prospects 2017-2021, predicted that consumer appetite for social robots will be more limited and not gain traction until 2021.
So called 'companion' robots, such as Jibo, Kuri and Pepper, are currently unable to differentiate themselves in any meaningful way over smart home assistant devices such as Amazon's Echo. Many such robots are currently sold at more than five times the price of Amazon's device. To justify the units' high costs, the research anticipated that investment into emotional response and recognition software would serve to positively impact the value proposition.
"Presently, social robots are little more than expensive smart home speakers - they may look impressive but their performance is limited," noted research author Steffen Sorrell. "Visual and aural understanding, service integration and emotional intelligence will form the key pillars that drive consumer interest in social robotics."
Need for Healthcare Robots Increases
The research noted that ageing populations, particularly in some parts of Asia and North America, would mean that development and commercialisation of healthcare robots would become paramount. Nonetheless, it predicted that the market would be significantly more challenging in Western nations. This is due to dramatic regional differences in public perception of robots.
The whitepaper, Consumer Robotics ~ From Housekeeper to Friend is available to download from the Juniper Research website together with further details of the new research and interactive dataset.
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