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World Robot Population Reaches 8.6 Million

The world robot population has reached 8.6 million. This is an estimate and most likely it is a lot higher than that. The 8.6 million estimate is based on data from the latest edition of Globe Robotic prepared annually by good folks at the International Federation of Robotics. The report came out late last year and refers to the robot market up to the end of 2008.

The study divides robots in two categories, industrial robots and support robots. Industrial robots includes welding techniques, assembly manipulators, silicon wafer handlers. Service 'bots consists of two subcategories: expert support robots such as bomb disposal bots or surgical techniques. Service robots include individual servicerobots like vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, hobby robot kits and toys.


Some Stats on Industrial Robots

- According to the statement, 2008 sales reached 113,000 models, which is about the same as the previous year. It's a weak result, and the culprit, as you might have guessed, is the global economic meltdown.

- Of the 2008 robot product sales, more than half, or about 60,300 models, went to Asian countries. The world's largest marketplace, Japan, continues to see a decline, with supply falling by 8 % to about 33,100 models. But Korea and emerging markets like China and also the Southeast Asian countries and India saw increases in sales, with Korea adding 11,600 robots, up 28 % from 2007, China adding 7,900 models, an increase of 20 %, and Taiwan's robot acquisitions surging by 40 %.

- In the Americas, the robot market grew by 17,200 models, or 12 percent much less than in 2007. Auto business, the primary robot buyer, retreated and robot product sales plunged.

- Robot sales in Europe stagnated at about 35,100 models, with Germany taking the lead, adding 15,200 robots, 4 % more than in 2007. Italy, Europe's second largest marketplace after Germany, added 4,800 models and France, 2,600 robots.

- So the total of industrial robots in 2008? First, a number that I hadn't seen before. The report says that "total accumulated yearly sales, measured since the introduction of industrial robots in industry at the end of 1960s, amounted to more than 1,970,000 models at the end of 2008." That's basically the total of industrial robots offered in the globe. Ever. Cool! So to get the total of industrial robots in operation you require to remove the ones that have been taken out of service. Individuals use various statistical models to do that, arriving at various numbers. The Globe Robotics statement gives an estimate between 1,036,000 and 1,300,000 units.

- Still according to the statement, globe industrial robot sales amounted to about US $6.2 billion in 2008. But this amount doesn't consist of cost of software, peripherals, and system Should you were to add that up, the marketplace would be some three times larger, or around $19 billion.


Some Stats on Support Robots

- First, some more nomenclature. The World Robotics report differentiates among two kinds of service robots: support robots for expert use and support robots for individual use. That's because the individual ones are sold for a lot much less and are mass produced.

- According to the report, 63,000 service robots for expert use had been offered in 2008, a market valued at $11.2 billion.

- A breakdown by application: 30 percent (20,000 models) for defense, security, and rescue applications; 23 percent for milking robots; 9 % for cleaning robots; 8 percent each for medical and underwater robots; 7 percent for construction and demolition robots; 6 % for robot platforms for general use; and 5 percent for logistic systems.

- As for service robots for individual use: 4.4 million models sold for home applications, such as vacuuming and lawn mowing, and about 2.8 million for entertainment and leisure.

- And here's an eye opening number: In 2008 alone about 940,000 vacuum cleaning robots had been sold, nearly 50 percent more than in 2007. That's 1 million new living rooms getting cleaned by robots!

- The report estimates that 49,000 professional support robots and 11.6 million individual service robots will be sold between 2009 and 2012.


Service Robotics Worth $21 Billion By 2014

According to a new market study report published by MarketsandMarkets, a global market research and consulting organization, the total worldwide service robotics market is anticipated to be worth $21 billion by 2014, out of which the Asia market will account for nearly 35% from the total revenues. The worldwide market is anticipated to record a CAGR of 49.6% from 2009 to 2014.

Increasing ageing population concerns are driving the require for domestic and personal support robots. Efficient and advanced robots with lower power consumption are the need of the hour.

In individual service robotics marketplace, domestic robotics marketplace is the largest segment; and is expected to reach $1.97 billion by 2014 at a CAGR of 52%. The high market size of domestic robots is mainly due to demand of robots for assistance in household tasks and act as companion. The entertainment marketplace is estimated to become $1.85 billion in 2014. Defense, security and surveillance robots cover the large segment of the professional support robotics marketplace. Nevertheless, they're anticipated to become taken over by field robots by 2014.

Ageing population and continuous study has made Asia the dominant player in the service robotics marketplace. In 2009, the marketplace share is estimated to be 52% with a size of $3.7 billion. Europe is expected to have the second-highest marketplace for support robots. Nevertheless, large consumer base of domestic robots in the U.S. and Europe makes them the most attractive market for vacuum cleaners and other domestic items.

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iRobot Dirt Dog Keeps Your Workshop Clean

The iRobot Dirt Dog 110 is a workshop robot which is one of the most amazing products from the iRobot brand. With their other fabulous vacuum cleaners like the Roomba, this Dirt Dog goes even a step further.


This robot vacuum cleaner is available at around $130 and is the perfect cleaning machine for hardwood floors and industrial floor surfaces including shop carpets. The operation for this robot vacuum cleaner is simple with the one button operation and a high speed bunch of counter rotating brushes.


This vacuum cleaner also has a stair avoidance system and comes with an oversized dust bin. The robot takes about seven hours to be charged fully and then it can work all day. The owner's guide has very simple and clear instructions which can even be followed by someone who is completely new to this robot machinery system.


The Dirt Dog vacuum cleaner used a standard battery which can be charged by a standard charger and comes with a cleaning tool attached. The entire diameter of the unit is about thirteen inches and has a width of four inches. The unit comes with a warranty of one year and weighs fifteen pounds. This cleaning machine is highly convenient and comes with a 14.4 volt Ni-MH battery that is fully rechargeable.


You can clean up any kind of space with this vacuum cleaner and washer from garage areas to hardwood floors and from basements to industrial floor surfaces. The machine makes dirt impossible to escape its counter rotating brushes which spin at a speed of about a thousand times per minute. This even cleans out the debris and dust that has accumulated over even the most roughest of surfaces.


All the user has to do then is to press the "clean" button on the Dirt Dog unit which will turn the cleaner on and it will begin to sweep under work benches and other furniture as well as cars and it can even go into some of the most difficult places to reach. It can even pick up such hefty items as bolts and nuts while cleaning. There are latest cliff sensors in this unit which enable the unit to keep stable over stairs so it doesn't fall off.


Infinuvo CleanMate And The Roomba

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with your robot's instruction manual. Make sure you understand how it works and what are its limitations. Yes, it might sound time consuming, but it could get worst if you don't do things as instructed in the manual and affect the vacuum robot's efficiency on the short and long term.


Find the best possible place in your home or office to settle your robot vacuum. Bare in mind that it needs room to breath.


- Cramped places might make it difficult for your robot to come out and back to the docking station, which could affect the robot vacuum's cleaning performance.


- Avoid places where there are many obstacles and reflective surfaces like mirrors, which can interfere with the robots sensors.


- Light sensors on your robot can be affected by dark and/or plush carpet floors. The robot might mistake the surface as a cliff and act erratically trying to back up.



Battery Matters

Ensure your robot's battery is fully charged before the first use. This may take up to 16 hours. Be patient! In some cases, your new friend may require a few cleaning and charging cycles to reach optimal cleaning capacity.

You are without a doubt anxious and excited about getting your new robot to do a first house or office clean, but not providing proper battery charge time may affect the performance and capacity of the vacuum. Yes, robot vacuum cleaners need training too!



Roomba virtual wall and ligthouse

Roomba owners benefit from two other devices, the virtual wall and lighthouse. Both units can keep your Roomba away from off-limit areas of your home using an infrared light beam. In addition to the virtual wall feature, lighthouses can also be switched to the lighthouse mode. Roomba and lighthouses communicate via radio frequency which improves your robots efficiency for multiple room cleaning. This is particularly true if you're using the scheduling feature while away from your home or office. Refer to our robot vacuum cleaner comparison table or visit our Support Center to get more information on IRobot Roomba lighthouse setup and purchase.




- Program your expected cleaning schedule

- Onboard scheduling


Roomba 580, 570, 560

- Remote controlled scheduling

415 and Red from Discovery Series

- Make sure your filter and brushes are clean

- Keep the particle bin empty;


Infinuvo CleanMate by Metapo

- owners keep an eye on the odour removal dispenser

- keep your fingers away from the Ultraviolet light under the robot as it may damage the device