Robot Sales Are Booming, Especially At Home

from the yes,-but-are-they-all-robotic-dogs dept

Roland Piquepaille writes “The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) just released its 2003 World Robotics survey. The original press release by UNECE has 15 pages in PDF format, while the full report represents 380 pages. Here are the three essential findings: robot orders in first half of 2003 were up by 26% to the highest level ever recorded; worldwide growth in the period 2003-2006 will reach an average annual rate of 7.4%; and household robots are starting to take off. “It is projected that sales of all types of domestic robots (vacuum cleaning, lawn-mowing, window cleaning and other types) in the period 2003-2006 can reach some 638,000 units.” My blog’s overview contains more details including a chart showing the growth of domestic robots for the period 2003-2006.”

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