Cloud Robotics: The Killer Application in the 5G Era KellyOnTech Robot Series

Cloud Robotics: The Killer Application in the 5G Era KellyOnTech Robot Series

What are the limitations of current robots?

Based on a 2012 paper published by Nanyang Technological University of Singapore at IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), I briefly summarized the three main limitations faced by robots:

  • Resource constraints — that is, the robot is limited by its size, shape, power source, motion patterns, and operating environment.
  • Information and learning limitations — the amount of information a robot can access and learn is limited by its processing power, storage space, and the number and type of sensors it carries.
  • Communication limitations — High latency in the transmission of information due to communication protocols, network signal limitations.

What is a cloud robot?

Cloud robots use cloud computing, cloud storage and other cloud technologies and network communication resources. When connected to the cloud, robots can rely on the powerful computing power and storage of the cloud data centres to process and share information, which greatly reduces the cost of robots while improving their “intelligence”.

Image source: Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Cloud Robots
Image source: Nanyang Technological University of Singapore

What is the market outlook for cloud robots?

According to Mordor Intelligence, the global cloud robotics market is valued at USD 4.177 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 14.599 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 23.2% during the forecast period (2021–2026). An important factor behind the strong growth is the increasing adoption of cloud-based services for robotics by offloading computing and information sharing.

Image source: Mordor Intelligence/IFR World Robotics, The market outlook for cloud robots
Image source: Mordor Intelligence/IFR World Robotics, The market outlook for cloud robots

Which is the world’s leading cloud-based robotics company?

Founded in 2015, CloudMinds Technology is a global pioneer of cloud robots. Other big companies like Amazon didn’t set up their cloud robotics division until 2019.

Image source: CloudMinds /36Kr
Image source: CloudMinds /36Kr
Image source: CloudMinds / Robot Lecture Hall, CloudMinds supported Shanghai Nursing Station
Image source: CloudMinds / Robot Lecture Hall, CloudMinds supported Shanghai Nursing Station

Who founded CloudMinds Technology?

Mr. Bill Huang is an outstanding talent in the field of global communications. In 2016, he was awarded the 2016 IEEE CQR Chairman Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Prior to founding CloudMinds, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of UTStarcom, where he developed the world’s first carrier-grade streaming media switching and IPTV system, and invented “Xiaolingtong”, which greatly promoted the development of wireless mobile terminals in China.

Image source: CGTN, Mr. Bill Huang, Founder of CloudMinds Technology
Image source: CGTN, Mr. Bill Huang, Founder of CloudMinds Technology
Image source: CloudMinds Technology, HARIX OX Cloud Robots Operation System
Image source: CloudMinds Technology, HARIX OX Cloud Robots Operation System

What’s new at CloudMinds

On April 16, 2022, CloudMinds and Huawei reached an agreement to jointly build a solution for cloud robot city operations, provide robot intelligence services and empower the smart city industry.

Image source: China Industry and Information Technology Network
Image source: China Industry and Information Technology Network
Image source: CloudMinds Technology, Haiyuan World — the metaverse of robots
Image source: CloudMinds Technology, Haiyuan World — the metaverse of robots

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