Robotics is such a subject that is exaggerated and fantasized because of the sci-fi movies and shows produced wherein robots are handling spaceships, destroying worlds and whatnot.
Similarly, even in Bollywood movies like Robot and 2.0, we see the perspectives of having a smart robot to do everything for you.
But in reality, there is a lot more serious work done to make robots other than just saving the world or destroying it. Let us take a look at what aspects they focus on!
What is Robotics?
It is a branch of engineering which combines electrical, mechanical, information, and computer science. It deals with the design, the computer system of the robot and its sensory feedback. Moreover, robotics is growing rapidly after the growth of Big Data and IoT. Through these developments, the machines are capable of processing a large amount of data without much human interaction.
If we see, what is the major use of robots? It is to substitute humans to work or make the tasks easy for them.
Nowadays, robots are even used in places where it can be a threat to humans like in Bomb detection, deactivation or in space.
Furthermore, robotics is similar to Artificial Intelligence and Engineering. Other subsets are design, data science, and big data.
In the era of things getting automated, you can even educate your child in the field of robotics! Probably, there are a lot of classes/workshops held near your location during summer/winter breaks for children who have a keen interest in Robotics. Therefore, making children brush up the skills for robotics right from scratch.
Also, there are many online courses and programs which introduce you to the robotics stream and jump-start your career in this expanding field.
Besides this, robotics is also closely connected with Machine learning. Let us now take a look at what does AI and ML do in the field of robotics.
4 Tenets of AI and Machine Learning in Robotics
AI helps the robots to get the view they haven’t seen before and identify objects with greater detail.
The grasping technology of robots is through AI and Machine Learning helping the robot to determine the position to grasp an object.
3. Motion Control
Machine learning helps robots to have dynamic interaction and maintain productivity.
AI and machine learning both help the robot to process the data (logistical & physical) and be proactive.
As robotics is still in its initial stages, it is not yet accessible to the general public. Furthermore, a question may arise about how it can help in our day to day life?
In the field of health and medicine, some successful robotic surgeries give strong hope that robots in the future can be used in clinics and hospitals and be of great help.
Roomba is a vacuuming robot that helps to clean the room, do the laundry, and other household chores. In the future they may take the place of maids by cooking breakfast, cleaning the room and other tasks.
Importance of Robotics
Robotics is important in various fields. It is important to make the children understand the basics of education at a primary level. It is very useful in the industries to do tedious work.
Children are often attracted to robots. This makes it easy to understand the concepts. Moreover, It gives the children-
- Hands-on application of knowledge
- A fun form of problem-solving
- Algorithm creation and use
- Building logic skills
- Preparing for future jobs
Some other benefits of robots in other industries
- First of all, as mentioned above, the industries have benefitted the most after the advent of robots. Nowadays, automated machines have taken over dangerous and mundane jobs done by humans, allowing greater productivity. Furthermore, robots can be recharged and last long. Due to which, factories have added extra shifts.
2. Secondly, the development is not just left to industries, they have also set foot in agriculture, so if you ever plan on taking up this subject remember it is vast than your ideas!
3. Thirdly, farmers use automated harvesters, waste disposal industry use the robots to do the dirtier jobs, the medical industry is using robots for doing surgeries.
4. IBM runs a “light off” factory in Texas which creates keyboards. Only robots run the entire factory. Isn’t that interesting? Seems science fiction is coming to life.
5. Moreover, the military has introduced robotic projects like the Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles.
6. Finally, to increase productivity robots are preferred in various fields. Because they are faster than humans.
Now we have a rough idea of what robotics is all about. And also, what all possibilities it can open in the future! What will be your job profile if you take up this course?
Let us see some job prospects of Robotics
|Career||Robotics Engineer||Robotics Technician|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor’s Degree||Associate Degree|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||4% (engineers, all other)||1% (electro-mechanical technicians)|
|Median Salary (2016)**||$81,267||$59,276|
Most importantly, there are two job profiles in general, that is Robotics technician and robotics engineer. Above are the various requirements for the same.
The technicians hold a 2-year associate degree in robot technology. In the case of engineers, they need a bachelor’s degree. Potential engineers often move to graduate studies and professional engineering certification.
The duties of the engineers and technicians vary; it can be building limbs and arms of robots to develop automated manufacturing systems for food-packing plants. Mostly the engineers’ designs, create, develop, and troubleshoot problems with their robots.
Some other duties of robotics engineers and technicians
- Using hydraulic test equipment
- Programming and reprogramming robots
- Robot maintenance and repair
- Reading and understanding schematics
- Installing safety systems
- Robot installation and removal
- Failure analysis testing
In conclusion, now, you’re an inch away to make your future into robotics. Moreover, this is a growing field and many students have been enrolling for this course.
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