The automation of production is accelerating around the world: 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries (2015: 66 units). By regions, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, in the Americas 84 and in Asia 63 units.
Sales in service robots for professional use will increase 12 percent by the end of 2017 to a new record of 5.2 billion U.S. dollars. And the long-term forecast is positive too, with an expected average growth rate of 20 to 25 percent in the period 2018 – 2020. That is the latest projection from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).
A startup from Limoges called Cybedroïd has recently announced a 600,000€ fund raising to sell Leenby, a humanoid robot helping everyday life.
Next-generation medical electronics specialist Visiomed Group announces a partnership with Robotopi at CES Las Vegas, with the aim of equipping SoftBank Robotics’ life assistant Pepper with BewellConnect® medical devices and health services.
For RoboCARE Lab, 2016 was about raising funds through the first French co-funding platform Hoolders, specialized in silver economy, healthcare and robotics. Those 110.000 euros will allow us, as a young startup, to anticipate this new 2017 year and to keep developing qualitative partnerships with the main actors of the silver economy market.