The future of robots is...now!

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Last weekend Roma was the star of the tenth edition of RomeCup, national exposure of robotics with competitions, workshops, demonstration area, conferences and talk about robots. These are the numbers of the event: 156 teams, 200 prototypes, 58 Italian schools involved from 17 different regions in order to win access to the world’s robotics, RoboCup. Organized by Fondazione Mondo Digitale in collaboration with Miur, Città educativa di Roma and Università della Sapienza di Roma, during the first two days the event was hosted by the Istituto di istruzione superiore Croce-Aleramo while the awards had the important stage of Campidoglio.

romecup 2016

The attention that the exhibition has aroused is a sign of the importance of robotics in modern industry and introduces to impact predictions: the International Federation of Robotics estimates that in 2018 robots will reach 1.3 million and they will be into all the world’s factories, generating a turnover of about 32 billion dollars, it’s amazing! The range of sectors covered is vast, ranging from agriculture to medical and welfare services, the preservation of cultural heritage to the manufacturing industry and the smart factory 4.0; interestingly also the figure for the number of start-ups that invests in service robotics: 15% of all.

Referring to home automation and innovations that robots may introduce in this particular area here is the project of a group of students of the Liceo Democrito of Rome who patented a system of sensors to be installed in the house that allow you to detect gas leaks, leaks water or malfunctions. The  application that manages the facility immediately alert the owners sending a message on their mobile devices so they can act quickly to avoid worse damage.

Agricultural benefits of the research project of the Centro di Micro Robotica dell’Istituto Nazionale di Tecnologia, his name is Plantoid and is a machine that looks like the trunk of a tree, with sensors on the roots to probe the ground to identify such contaminants or determine on the basis of its composition, the most suitable type of crop. Coordinator of the project is Dr. Barbara Mazzolai who handled the joint research from even the Polytechnic School of Lausanne and the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia, in short, a European-wide robot.

plantoid project

Italy has a huge historical and cultural heritage visible to the human eye in museums or in the city streets, but it retains much history even below the ground, in particular in its seabed which house 70% of the wrecks. The work of archaeologists is of course very difficult and their help has intervened the Università Politecnica delle Marche with an environmental monitoring system complete with 3D documentation of archaeological sites and protected areas. The Mar Lab project will also allow the rapid reproduction at low costs of the marine area scanned through the use of 3D printers and will be easily accessible in every corner of the world. A valuable resource to create perhaps permanent exhibitions of the world’s wonders in every town in Italy and spreading knowledge among the younger generations.

In short, innovation and research fortunately are not missing, they are developed by high school and university students, young and pristine minds that could generate significant opportunities for the Italian manufacturing world and give substance to the drive for innovation that too often does not pass from words to deeds.

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