The Cloud Robotics Era

Relocating processing exhaustive tasks to remote computing groups result in more adaptable and cheaper robots capable of sharing effectiveness and information among themselves when connected. Regulating a robot using a smart mobile gadget may seem impossible to novice robot users.

Experts, however, are certain that this is achievable. According to experts from Universal Robots, one of the major collaborative robot manufacturers in the world, the evolution of smartphones and other wireless and fast connections is fast transforming the cloud-based robotics dream into a reality.

As many clients relocate computing power from their laptops, personal computers, and tablets to cloud-based servers, it’s becoming evident that robots no longer have to manage processing exhaustive tasks or sustain information. This has enabled researchers to and robotic manufacturers to work together to develop light collaborative robots at a minimal cost.

To illustrate this, Google released eight self-driving vehicles on the highly trafficked roads of California. With the help of a laser range finder, radar sensors, and video cameras, in collaboration with data processing and Google maps, the vehicles covered over 140,000 miles. This enabled them to spot the surrounding traffic.

The project aimed at devising strategies to suppress traffic accidents, transform the way vehicles were utilized, and minimize carbon emission. Still, experts say that cloud robotics is yet to gain popularity among various companies. This is attributed to the fact that cloud connectivity requires massive infrastructure.

What’s more, the concept was thought to be expensive and unattainable some years ago. Today, however, cloud services from various big corporate companies are facilitating the concept of connecting robots with remote servers through high speed, reliable, and high bandwidth networks.

High Bandwidth Gadgets

Experts opine that mobile gadgets with excellent connectivity, high bandwidth, and robust signals have become the norm, so much so that many people often take them for granted. If manufacturers can develop a cobot with a cheap wireless antenna capable of discharging processing or data depository to cloud services.

Universal Robots is certain that facilitating communication between robots and remote infrastructure as well as depositing data on the cloud can enhance their efficiency and reinforce their performance. Cloud platform provider Linxter also shared in this vision and is assured that unlike a private network, the public model cloud will bring down the costs affiliated with robotics oriented application.

Cloud robotics allows the distribution of a robot’s brain to one or more different computer systems operating within a public internet. This stimulates and minimizes the traces of the real robot by allowing a bigger percentage of its problem-solving capabilities to be remotely computed or executed.

Universal robots have strived to demonstrate their innovations to their target market before commercializing them. The company recently illustrated how utilizing the cloud as opposed to a private network minimize expenses affiliated with robotics. They developed a specialized cobot and a reasonably priced cloud robotics project which they innovated using off the shelf materials.

The system allows users to control the cobot’s navigation via its fixed webcam. Further, Universal Robots reiterates that the distributed concept allows for more adaptability in the programmatic design. For instance, the experts say that from their illustration, they managed to execute major changes to the brain performance of the cobot with ease. Further, they never required direct access to the real robot, neither did they require direct configuration or even downtime.

Are you Prepared for Primetime?

Industry observers are certain that cloud-oriented robotic application can thrive in different areas and industries such as the medical, industrial, and defense sectors as well as homes. However, they agree that the idea doesn’t work for everything. This they say is because poor internet connection can cause robot downtimes and therefore, andy bandwidth extensive tasks and actual time evaluation of intricate visual data may not be perfect for a cloud-based robot.


Experts opine that the next phase of robotics will see many people incorporate more friendly robots in their daily operations. Connecting robotics’ general and social intelligence with the cloud is currently opening exciting doors for lucrative robotic opportunities. With continued research and advancements in both the automation, robotics, and technology sectors, cloud robotics will become a reality in the near future.


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