Drones and robots have captivated us for more than half a century. When you think about a robot, you might think about Rosie, the robot maid from the The Jetsons. However, the next revolution of robotics will be very different than what you think. Drones and robots will be seamlessly integrated into our everyday life, as intelligent, intuitive machines that can handle tasks once considered too time-consuming or tedious.
Operated by the same technology that powers our smart phones and using capabilities such as mobility, high fidelity sensing, intelligence and autonomy, robots will be able to process their environments quickly and efficiently—becoming aware of their surroundings and adapting to our needs.
Robotics technology will enrich people lives, improve societies, and transform economies by enabling a broad range of applications. For example, caregiver robots can provide company to the elderly and help them retain their independence by assisting with everyday household chores, monitoring their health, and reminding them to take their medication. Robots can also help solve a shortage of labor caused by the aging population.
Robots will simplify and enrich our daily lives. Home assistants can help people with daunting daily chores while also providing security and entertainment. Flying cameras can revolutionize photography.
Quite simply, robots can enhance public safety and perform dirty, dull and dangerous jobs. Caregiver robots can improve elder care and search and rescue drones will save lives.
Robotics can transform industries—boosting productivity and solving labor shortages in some sectors. Autonomous cars can revolutionize transportation and agricultural drones can increase crop yields .
Robotics is at the pinnacle of the IoE, and its technologies will advance IoE by adding sensing, intelligence and autonomous capabilities. Different forms of robots are currently being integrated into our daily lives and are poised to transform numerous industries.
Autonomous cars will revolutionize how we commute, while delivery drones and trucks will efficiently transport goods.
Robotics will transform how healthcare professionals perform surgeries, dispense drugs, monitor the vital signs of patients and improve care for the elderly.
Different forms of home assistant robots can be used for house cleaning, outdoor maintenance, home entertainment and security monitoring.
From public safety drones to autonomous municipality vehicles and agricultural drones, robotics will help enhance how we live.
The highly integrated smartphone SoC provides robots and drones with the computing horsepower they need—using necessary technologies like wireless communication, positioning, camera and image processing, video and audio. These mobile technologies enable tomorrow’s robots to be built affordably, quickly and more efficiently.
Global scale of R&D advances core technologies in an affordable way.
Fast adoption of cutting-edge technologies allow for short replacement cycles of smartphones.
Just as they’ve done with smartphones, mobile app developers will reinvent what drones and robots can do.
Qualcomm Technologies is advancing robotics through our innovations in high fidelity sensing, computer vision, machine learning, real-time control and navigation technologies. These will allow robots and drones to know their exact position, relative positions of other objects in the environment and how to navigate their environment while avoiding obstacles, and perform specific tasks autonomously. Our highly optimized platform enables compute-intensive functionalities to operate within weight, power and thermal limitations, and our fully integrated mobile SoC takes full advantage of its heterogeneous computing capabilities to support light, small and affordable drones with superior functionalities and power efficient robots—helping to simplify and enrich our daily lives.
Qualcomm Technologies fosters innovation by offering specialized robotics platforms to serve the needs of drone and robot companies with a highly integrated chipset. Additionally, we provide advanced software technologies, development tools and support technological education (FIRST Robotics).
The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Flight™ platform is designed with robots and drones in mind, helping developers build drones that are light, small, easy to use and affordable, with long battery life and superior functionalities.
Developer boards, community resources and an embedded computing portfolio help robotics companies, developers, the academic community and startups bring innovation from concept to commercialization.
Investing in startups, including Swift, 3DR, Skycatch, and BrainCorp helps take new ideas to the next level through programs like the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.