I am pleased to present you with the March issue of Israel Robotics News, the Israeli Robotics Association newsletter.
In this issue, we feature Friendly Robotics, the recipient of the 2013 Best Exporter Award, and Prof. Leo Joskowicz of Hebrew University, who is making strides in the field of medical robotics. In addition, we present a summary of a successful workshop we held, entitled: “Innovation Meets Robotics”. The workshop emphasized the need to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas between members of the robotics community.
Since the publication of the previous issue in September 2014, a number of events have occurred that indicate the accelerated development of the field of robotics in Israel and worldwide:
These events constitute a watershed for the development of robotics in Israel and worldwide.
Any attempt to predict market size in this field, based on prior experience, is destined to fail. When Foxconn, the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones, intends to install one million(!) robots into its production lines over three years, of what consequence is previous experience when the stock of robots worldwide amounts to approximately 1.3 million units? However pretentious and unrealistic Foxconn's aspiration may be, it indicates a trend which is definitely not congruent with previous experience.
The impressive technological achievements of Boston Dynamics, rightfully considered the world's leading robotics company, offer a hint of the robots that will be developed in the near future for home use. Unlike the current robotic vacuum-cleaner, which is wheeled and hindered by the slightest obstacle, the home-use robot that will probably be developed by Boston Dynamics will be able to reach anywhere a homeowner can. The development of a robot that has unlimited mobility in a home will cause the home robot market to skyrocket in an unprecedented manner.
Apple's foray into the field of robotics is another significant
breakthrough in the global development of robotics. Apple's domination of the
personal computer market will help it become a major player in the field of
robotic cars. The robotic car can be seen as an iPhone on wheels, and its
connectivity can be seen as an advanced implementation of the “Internet of
The anticipated competition between the two giants, one (Google)
commanding the technology, and the other (Apple) being the master of
communication and user-friendly interfaces, is likely to result in products
beyond imagination. We are, without a doubt, at the dawn of a new era in the
robotics field, which will shape the technological revolution of the 21st
I invite you to become members of the Association, and to take an active role in the advancement of the Israeli robotics industry. Our general meeting will take place at the end of May 2015, during which new board members will be elected and an Association activity plan for the coming year will be conceived.
To the continued growth of the Israeli robotics industry,
Prof. Zvi Shiller, Chair
Israeli Robotics Association