Robots are everywhere!
Most people are not aware that robots are all around us and they already control many important aspects of our everyday lives.
Here’s a definition of a robot from Google:
This definition would include:
- Traffic lights
- Rail road crossings
- Office printers
- Microwave ovens
- Motion detection cameras
- Programmable thermostats
All these devices have one thing in common they are mechanical machines that someone programmed to complete a specific task.
Now people want to do more “stuff” and they want robots to do the heavy lifting.
Here’s how to get in on this growing trend:
#1 – Drones
I’ll never forget watching Robocop back in the day and thinking of how creepy it would be if we lived with robots.
Well, that day is basically here with the advent of Drones.
People are using these flying robots to accomplish all sorts of tasks such as surveying land, helping find lost hikers, and more.
Recently Amazon announced that it wanted to test using Drones to deliver purchases to its customers.
Following their lead Wisconsin-based Lakemaid Beers announced that it would also test using flying drones to deliver beer to ice fishermen to the chagrin of the FAA.
This tells you that the demand for using this aerial technology is far beyond recreational and you too can get in on the fun.
There are several models of drones available for less than $500.
One of the highest rated models is the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter.
- Compatibility with your Iphone, iPod touch, or Android
- Up to 12 minutes of flying on a single charge.
- 720p HD camera that transmits images back to your phone
- 165ft range
#2 – 3D Printing
Let’s face it people buy massive tons of tiny little things.
Toys, parts, and accessories are a booming industry.
So big that Ryan Punzalan for Brighthand reports that the smart phone accessory industry alone is expected to grow upwards of $30 Billion per year.
With this much money on the table you can expect innovative companies to ditch the old manufacturing model of “importing everything from China” and switch to a new strategy of local production and consumption.
Because these devices literally create value they are somewhat expensive.
The top rated models range in price from $1,300 to over $60k for a serious industrial grade device.
Read: Bring 3D Printing Home by Cynthia 
In part 2 of this article, I’ll look at more ways to get in on the robot revolution.
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