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"Robotics in personal and domestic applications has experienced strong global growth, but so far relatively few mass market products such as floor cleaning robots, robotic lawn mowers and toy robots have dominated," said Joe Gemma, President of the International Federation of Robotics However, the next generation will become more powerful and conquer new fields of application."
Robots as domestic help
For the robots that help in the household, vacuum cleaners and floor cleaners will continue to make up the lion's share of the market in the coming years. Sales increased from the last 3.6 million units (2015) to a total of around 30 million units within the forecast period 2016 to 2019. The market share of vacuum cleaners and floor cleaners is 96 percent of the units sold in the household robot segment. Robot lawnmowers and pool cleaners follow in ranks two and three.
Sales figures in the entertainment sector are also dynamic. Toy robots, remote-controlled multimedia robots or educational and research robots for private use totaled 1.7 million units sold in 2015. According to the IFR forecast, this market will grow to a total of 11 million units between 2016 and 2019. The market share of toy and hobby robots is around 70% in the entertainment segment.
Robots in use for elderly and disabled people
Service robots for the assistance of elderly or disabled people have recently seen strong growth. At 4,700 units (2015), the number of these robots is still comparatively small, but from 2016 to 2019 the sales figures should increase to a total of 37,500 units. This development is reflected in the sales value as follows: In 2015 sales rose to USD 16.8 million - an increase of 34% compared to the previous year. In the forecast period from 2016 to 2019, an increase to the total value of USD 97 million is expected. (jv)
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