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Robots are increasingly entering everyday life

On August 18, at 10:00 am, a crowd of onlookers stood on the edge of a 1,000-square-meter stage in the Yichuang International Convention and Exhibition Center in Daxing District, Beijing.

On the stage, 130 four-legged robot dogs with a height of about 30 centimeters, with tiger-head dolls on their heads, danced energetically to the music. Twisting, turning, stepping, somersaults… The robot dog moves in a uniform and rhythmic tap dance. This group of robot dogs, who appeared at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala and the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, is now at the 2022 World Robot Conference. As soon as the hour hits, they start dancing.

Robots are known as “the pearl at the top of the manufacturing crown” and are one of the important symbols to measure a country’s innovation ability and Industrial competitiveness. As the largest event in the field of robotics with the highest specifications and the most abundant international elements in China, the 2022 World Robot Conference will be held in Beijing from August 18th to 21st with the theme of “co-creation, sharing, business and win-win”.

The world’s largest application market for robots

“As time flies by, I only care about you…” As soon as I walked into the preface of Hall A of the World Robot Conference, I followed the reputation, and the bionic humanoid robot in proportion to Teng Lijun herself was singing the masterpiece “I Only Care About You”. The mouth shape fits the lyrics perfectly.

Next to it, a white-haired “Einstein” is giving a physics class; a bionic robot named “Searle” not only looks exactly like the engineer who designed it, but can also interact with real people; what is more interesting to the audience is that A half-body robot that can simulate the facial expressions of the audience in front of it, and many people interact with it with great interest…

These are all simulated humanoid robots of Dalian Tiais Robot Company. According to Li Boyang, the company’s co-founder and CEO, the “Teng Lijun” robot can show fresh postures and expressions with more than 140 degrees of freedom in its whole body. He said that in the future, he will continue to explore the application of humanoid robots in the fields of elderly care, enterprise front desk, government services, education and popular science.

Humanoid robots not only look like humans, but are also getting closer and closer to humans in action design. On the booth of the intelligent robot Advanced Innovation Center of Beijing Institute of Technology, a bipedal robot that can run and a quadruped robot that can jump are displayed. These two robots are self-developed by the team.

According to Dong Chencheng, a team member and a doctoral student at Beijing Institute of Technology, the seventh-generation “Huitong” bipedal robot with high dynamic motion can run at a maximum speed of 7 km/h in the laboratory state. “Its main function is to perform fast running motion, and it is equipped with our self-developed high dynamic explosive joints, reducers and other key core components of the robot.”

The quadruped robot dog that attracted everyone’s attention came from Yushu Technology. According to the relevant personnel of the company, the Yushu group control robot dog mainly achieves the action effect in a way similar to broadcasting, that is, allowing multiple robot dogs to simultaneously accept the broadcast signal instructions of the remote control, and immediately make corresponding actions after analysis. It is reported that in addition to being used for stage performances, the price of quadruped robots is expected to drop to the thousand-yuan level in the future and enter the family life of more people.

“A total of more than 500 advanced technology robot products were exhibited at this year’s exhibition, and 36 products were launched at the exhibition, which is the highest in history.” Liang Liang, deputy commander-in-chief of the 2022 World Robot Conference and deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Institute of Electronics, said that from the industry In terms of level, in addition to traditional production and life services, the robot applications launched this year also include new products in agriculture, mining, medical care, and construction.

Behind the lively World Robot Conference is the vigorous development of China’s Robot Industry.

“Through the efforts of industry, academia, research and application, the development of China’s robot industry has reached a new level, and China has become the largest application market for robots in the world.” On August 19, the main forum of the 2022 World Robot Conference opened. Minister Xin Guobin pointed out in his keynote report, “The robot industry is ushering in an important period of opportunity for innovation, development and upgrading.”

The “China Robot Industry Development Report (2021)” released by the Chinese Institute of Electronics shows that the scale of China’s robot market will reach 83.9 billion yuan in 2021, of which the Industrial Robot market will be about 44.57 billion yuan, accounting for 53.1%; the service robot market will be about 53.1%. It was 39.33 billion yuan, accounting for 46.9%.

In recent years, the development of China’s robot industry has entered a period of acceleration. Whether in the industrial field or the service industry, there are abundant application scenarios. According to Wang Hong, deputy director of the First Division of Equipment Industry of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, industrial robots have been applied to 52 major industries and 143 medium-level industries in the national economy, which not only accelerates the pace of digital transformation of traditional industries, but also fully supports new energy vehicles and photovoltaic cells. high-quality development of emerging industries. In the fields of catering, retail, logistics and distribution, medical rehabilitation, etc., service robots continue to improve the level of social services.

“Over the years, the Chinese government has promoted the high-quality development of the robotics industry by formulating industrial plans, stimulating technological innovation, cultivating application scenarios, and optimizing the market environment.” Xin Guobin said, driven by market demand, technological breakthroughs, and policy guidance and support. Under the action, the development of China’s robot industry has achieved remarkable results.

“Robot+” boosts the transformation and upgrading of traditional industries

At this conference, the concept of “robot+” has attracted much attention, and various types of application scenarios have been formed in agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, medical care, finance, home furnishing and other industries. Replacing the repetitive and heavy manual labor of machinery is becoming the direction of the joint efforts of the entire robot industry.

Liang Liang introduced that starting from the application demand side, the conference launched a new model of “robot + application scenario”, and designed “robot + medical treatment”, “robot + logistics”, “robot + commercial”, “robot + agriculture”, “robot + construction” “Robot + Manufacturing”, “Robot + Mining” and other special areas, gather cutting-edge robot products in various scenarios, and focus on the important role of robots in promoting the transformation and upgrading of traditional industries to intelligence and digitalization.

“Robot + Medical” is very popular, and this conference also dedicated an exhibition area to present the latest development of medical robots.

In the field of medical rehabilitation, the exoskeleton rehabilitation robot, as one of the popular products, helped two Olympic torchbearers to complete the relay and collection of the torch at the Beijing Winter Olympics. This time, the robot also appeared at the exhibition, and its technical team, Beijing Dayai Robot Technology Co., Ltd., also appeared with a number of newly developed technologies and applications.

According to the team’s relevant personnel, using the latest technology, the robot can judge the user’s movement intention in real time, accurately identify the detailed changes in the user’s waist, legs and other parts, and make a gait response accordingly to help it “move at will”. At the same time, according to the ground features and changes in the surrounding terrain environment, it can provide motion assistance that matches its own capabilities, and realize complex movements such as going up and down stairs and up and down slopes.

Shuai Mei, chairman of the company, said that exoskeleton rehabilitation robots can not only help people with lower limb mobility difficulties exercise their walking muscles and nerves, and even help them restore their ability to walk independently, but also help certain groups to shorten the rehabilitation time to a certain extent, thereby reducing the national medical insurance. Security pressure for relevant groups.

Robots are walking into the operating room to complete operations with doctors.

In the exhibition hall, a neurosurgery robot named “Roidmi RM-50” has been approved by the NMPA of the State Food and Drug Administration. According to Zhou Xiaoming, director of the operation center of its research and development unit, Beijing Baihui Weikang Technology Co., Ltd., according to the optical tracking locator on the robot, the doctor can see a larger surgical area, and the flexible Robotic arm can touch traditional surgical methods that are difficult to touch. The angle can be reached, and the surgical precision can reach the sub-millimeter level. It is reported that the advent of this robot will help the sinking of medical resources. In the future, it is expected that patients with acute cerebral hemorrhage can also receive timely treatment in primary hospitals.

A batch of the latest medical robots also appeared on stage. Medical robots from brands such as Intuitive Fuxing, Yuanhua Intelligence, Tianzhihang, Suzhou MicroPort and Changxing showed the audience how the Robotic arm completed the operation. The joint replacement surgery robot generates a 3D model based on CT information. The doctor plans the position and posture of the prosthesis on the 3D model. During the operation, the robotic arm automatically locates the surgical area and guides the doctor to complete the operation; just open a small incision on the patient’s skin, Doctors can perform minimally invasive surgery through 3D electronic endoscopes and two robotic arms; they can also complete vascular interventional operations on behalf of doctors, keeping doctors in interventional surgery away from the threat of rays.

In the “Robot + Agriculture” area, a number of technology companies have brought new products that empower agriculture, including robots with various functions such as field operations, fruit picking, livestock and poultry breeding, and facility agricultural operations.

An intelligent rice transplanter is equipped with the “Beidou” satellite positioning system. Farmers only need to set the starting point and turning point of the seedling field in advance, and the rice transplanter can automatically plan the transplanting path, U-turn, turning, etc., making the operation worry-free and safe. The staff of the design team Bochuang Linkage said that at present, the product has been applied to the unmanned farm of Jingxi Rice in Haidian.

Beijing Siring brought a pig raising robot. The company’s personnel said that the breeding process is complicated, from the sow estrus, fertilization, pregnancy, piglet birth, fattening, during which the pig needs to be prevented from getting sick, and it needs to be vaccinated, but the pig raising robot has basically been able to achieve this level.

In the smart picking exhibition area, the staff introduced that the latest picking robot is equipped with modules such as perception, motion control, planning and interaction, and can complete the identification of apples within 1 square meter within 0.2 seconds, with a recovery rate of over 80%.

At this year’s Robot Conference, there were many emergency rescue robots used in cities.

Beijing Lisheng Technology Co., Ltd. is a high-tech enterprise specializing in high temperature resistant special robots and high temperature resistant technical services. , environmental sensing detection technology, communication technology, special operation functions, etc., allow the robot to work continuously for more than 30 minutes in a high temperature environment of 1000 ° C without external auxiliary cooling. In practical applications, it can replace fire rescue personnel to go deep into dangerous high-temperature fires for a long time to extinguish fires and conduct fire reconnaissance, which greatly expands the combat scope and capabilities of fire rescue personnel.

Robots are increasingly entering everyday life

“Insert the mouthpiece into the card slot; bite the notch above the mouthpiece and place the tongue under the pressure plate; click the start button; when the sampling is over, throw the mouthpiece into the recycling bin…” A nucleic acid sampling booth that attracted a lot of People watch.

This convenient nucleic acid sampling booth developed by SIASUN Robotic automation Co., Ltd. is equipped with force-controlled sensing technology, which can effectively judge whether the sampling site is correct, and ensure the correct compliance of the sampling process and the safety of sampling. The sampling booth is also equipped with a voice prompt function so that those who need to do nucleic acid sampling understand the entire sampling process. At present, the product has already landed on some streets in Shanghai. With the continuous increase in demand, the scope of application will be expanded in the future.

At this conference, the application of robots related to nucleic acid detection increased significantly. In addition to this sampling booth, Tsinghua University, Wuxi Biotech Biotechnology Co., Ltd., and Qingchun Fuzhi (Suzhou) High-tech Co., Ltd. jointly launched a fully automatic and rapid nucleic acid collection and detection integrated machine. Aerospace Science and Industry Intelligent Robot Co., Ltd. also launched a Intelligent throat swab collection robot.

Robots are getting closer and closer to everyday life.

From catering robots that are quite skilled in making pancakes and fruits, to massage robots with “master-level” massage techniques, to coffee robots that can “pull flowers”… In the exhibition hall, people are overwhelmed.

In the exhibition hall, several children are getting together to play chess with the robot with great interest. The chess robot, called Evolver, was just released this year. The person sits on the side and presses the button with each step, and the sensor installed on the chessboard will activate, identify the situation on the chessboard, and take the next step. According to the staff of the R&D team, this chess robot has a total of 11 difficulties to choose from, from a novice who only understands the rules to a battle-hardened master. It is suitable for home use and also focuses on school teaching. It can provide endgames of different difficulty to help students improve their chess skills.

Drones are also a popular direction in the field of robotics. Here, new technologies and new scenarios in the field of drones are shown to the public, including drones, bionic quadruped robots, etc. A flight performance area is also built.

At the scene, the audience can also see the much-anticipated cool technology experience show. Among them, the six-legged skiing robot and curling robot put into use in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics made a stunning appearance in the Winter Olympics robot exhibition area, and performed live close-up performances for the audience on the customized snow track and curling track. During the 2022 World Robot Expo, group-controlled dance performances of hundreds of bionic quadruped robots will also be held regularly. In addition, drone racing performances will also be a highlight of this expo.

On custom ski and curling tracks, ski hexapods and curling robots are performing up close.

According to the staff, the front and rear legs of the hexapod are connected to the skis through special joints, which can flexibly control the skiing direction and slide quickly on a 20-degree slope. In the future, it can replace manpower and complete tasks such as patrol and detection in harsh environments at high altitudes. The front legs of the curling robot can hold and rotate the kettle, the middle legs are responsible for supporting and aiming, and the rear legs pedal the starter to achieve precise throwing and hitting. In the future, it can not only be used as a sparring partner for curling athletes, but also can be used for technical training of curling throwing, providing a reference for athletes in competitive competitions.

A bright fluorescent powder attracted the attention of many viewers. In the sci-fi pavilion, a “construction team” composed of robots has subverted people’s concept of traditional architecture, including measuring robots, floor paint coating robots, mortar spraying robots, floor tile laying robots, Exterior wall spraying robots, mobile brick-making vehicles for reuse of construction waste… On-site staff said that in addition to more stable construction quality and higher construction efficiency, construction robots can also effectively prevent workers from inhaling paint and dust, reducing Occupational diseases, improve the working environment of workers.

In the exhibition hall, the faces of some immature children can be seen everywhere. Curiously, they crowded in front of the novel robots, and were amazed at the latest scientific and technological achievements. More conspicuously, many students brought their own technological products, expressing their love for invention and creation from a very young age.

For example, Wang Shang and Shan Xinyue from the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone School of the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China brought their own self-designed “vegetable and fruit self-service weighing and selling robot”. Shan Xinyue told this reporter that this product uses video recognition and open source hardware technology to allow consumers to self-finish agricultural product identification, weighing, account settlement, and scan code checkout.

In the crowded and rubbing venue, from children to adults, everyone was immersed in the life scenes brought by robots. Here, “the future has come” becomes a literal description.

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