The pandemic has made us realize the real importance of digital transformation and the power of automation. In a country with major population relying with inter-community happenings, in this scenario robots and the power of digitization has fostered the future. Given the growing economy and being the youngest democracy currently, New India seems to be much loving their robots and accepting this to be the new norm. Let me give you few examples which will certainly make you understand How India is transiting towards automation and adopting Robots in their daily lifestyle and businesses.
For example, the 5ft tall robot ‘Mitra’ was helping patients in the hospital by connecting them with their loved ones. Mitra robot has been invented by a Bengaluru-based startup, Invento Robotics. By serving patients in hospitals during pandemic it attracted huge popularity. Not only that, during the launch in 2017, it greeted Ivanka Trump and also interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That was the time when Mitra started making headlines all around the world.
On the other hand, a company named Invento Robotics not only serve its Indian customers but also exports its robots to five countries including the US and Australia. These are few from many of the examples which underline the potential of Robots and Robotics in India.
Robots in Indian Healthcare Sector
By seeing such developments, anyone can understand that the Indian health sector has made tremendous improvement by adapting robotic system. Today telemedicine, machine learning, data analytics, and cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) are being used to improve healthcare infrastructure, self-service and patient experience. Many hospitals have moved to online service delivery systems, and mobile apps for test reports and analytics, online payment, sharing health tips, appointment booking etc.
Delhi’s AIIMS hospital has a floor disinfectant and a humanoid robot in its Covid-19 wards and Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru is using an interactive robot to screen patients and medical staff at its entrance. Not only that, tele-monitored surgeries, tele-education, tele-medicine and video consultations with doctors has been used by medical professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Robotic Companies in India and its Future
To not known, India has numerous robotics companies but still we have only three robots for every 10,000 workers. Given the potential and reckoning a brighter future for Robots in India there are numerous startup robotics companies growing rapidly and achieving new heights in automation. According to a report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), India is now among the top 10 countries for annual installation of robots in industries. Industrial robot sales had made a new record of 4,771 in 2018, up 39% from the 2017.
Also a report by Business Standards says that the the robotics market in India is expected to grow by 20% between 2017 and 2025. If we see the condition of the market either it’s a hospital or a hotel, every sector is adopting automation to reduce costs, time or to achieve precision and also treat patients with more advance techniques.
Similarly, one of the companies like Generobotics, a startup robotic company from Kerala has partnered with local authorities to use its spider-shaped robot Bandicoot to clean sewers and manholes, which previously used to be cleaned by humans. “We found manual scavenging is a global issue, and there was no efficient tech to clean manholes,” says Rashid K, head of Genrobotics explained to a news portal. Now, more than 11 Indian states are using the world’s first manhole cleaning robot.
If we talk about our military forces, since 2011 our Indian army is using Daksh robots equipped with x-ray vision and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard detection mechanisms.
According to a research, for finances, 53% people trust a robot more than themselves. “Robots are well-positioned to assist – they are great with numbers and don’t have the same emotional connection with money. This doesn’t mean finance professionals are going away or being replaced entirely, but the research suggests they should focus on developing additional soft skills as their role evolves,” said Farnoosh Torabi, America’s leading personal finance expert.
Here, we have mentioned top 5 robotics startups which are making real difference by developing advance robots and robotic solutions:
- GreyOrange is a startup based in Gurgaon and Singapore. It makes innovative products for efficient logistics and distribution with Artificial Intelligence-driven software and mobile robots that facilitate warehouse activities.
- Sastra Robotics has unique kind of robots which can mimic human actions. One of Sastra’s products is the automated HMI (human-machine interface) testing platform bearing advanced touchscreens with voice commands and hand gesture feedback testing to handle HMI.
- Ahmedabad based startup; Gridbots makes robots that can be used for inspection and welding and cutting operations in difficult-to-reach spaces. With its special research and manufacturing style, Gridbots has deployed robots for almost all segments of industry and is targeting international markets also.
- Skilancer Solar has special systems which manufactures waterless, centrally controlled, self-powered, robotic arms for automatic cleaning of solar modules. It provides best solution for solar plants and industries using solar panels.
- For promoting adoption of flexible automation, a Bengaluru based startup Systemantics provides ‘Sensible Robotics’ to simplify user experience through patented design innovations. The aim of the company is to get extensive promotion of flexible automation in industry, for tedious and mentally-fatiguing or hazardous tasks that human labour is ill-suited to perform.
To not deny, Robots are the future and has vitally become a crucial part of society. Without human interference and getting advanced features installed, robots can perform any task more quickly more efficiently at a lower cost. Today, robots have become a part of the healthcare ecosystem, social life, military and space, etc. From arranging video calls to checking patient’s temperatures or cleaning floors, everything can be efficiently performed by robots.