Gartner Research

Exploit the Rise of Smart Nonindustrial Robots for Work and Home

Published: 11 August 2014

ID: G00269138

Analyst(s): Tom Austin


Autonomous robots are arriving on the market, providing support in hospitals, workplaces and homes. Migration from lab research to market success demands more than better products: Trust will be essential, particularly as some robots make their way into assisted living centers.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • A Mix of Laboratory Developments and Consumer Technologies Are Speeding Robotics Development
    • Assisted Living Is a Key Market
    • The Market Will Evolve Slowly as Vendors Test Markets and Verticals
    • The U.S. and Japan Lead the Way
    • Self-Driving Cars Will Be the First Mass Consumer Market for Smart Robotics

Barriers to Success

Vendors to Watch

  • Aethon
  • Google
  • Rethink Robotics
  • Toyota
  • Vecna

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