Shaping the Future of AI Robotics

The future of robotics.

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 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, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy, robots will be able to process their environments quickly and efficiently—becoming aware of their surroundings and adapting to our needs.

Robotics can benefit individuals and societies.

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.

Enrich Individual Lives

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.

Improve Societies

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.

Expand Economies

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 can transform industries.

Robotics is at the pinnacle of the IOT, and its AI technologies will advance IOT by adding sensing, cognition 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.

Smart Home

Different forms of home assistant robots can be used for house cleaning, outdoor maintenance, home entertainment and security monitoring.

Smart Cities

From public safety drones to autonomous municipality vehicles and agricultural drones, robotics will help enhance how we live.

Mobile technologies provide the engine that drives robotics.

The highly integrated smartphone SoC provides robots and drones with the computing horsepower they need—using necessary technologies like AI, wireless communication, positioning, camera and image processing, 4K video and audio. These mobile technologies enable tomorrow’s robots to be built affordably, quickly and more efficiently.

Scale and affordability

Global scale of R&D advances core technologies in an affordable way.

Rapid design cycle

Fast adoption of cutting-edge technologies allow for short replacement cycles of smartphones.

Large developer ecosystem

Just as they’ve done with smartphones, mobile app developers will reinvent what drones and robots can do.

Bringing together essential technological innovations.

Qualcomm Technologies is advancing robotics through our AI 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.

Fostering innovations in robotics.

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).

Specialized platforms

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.

Broad ecosystem support

Developer boards, community resources and an embedded computing portfolio help robotics companies, developers, the academic community and startups bring innovation from concept to commercialization.

Invest in startups

Investing in startups, including Swift, 3DR, Skycatch, and BrainCorp helps take new ideas to the next level through programs like the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.

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Robotics Documents


Webinar - Intelligent Machines of the Future - Bringing Cognitive Technologies to Life

Feb 11, 2015


Brazil: Drones in Agriculture

Jul 1, 2016


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Micro Rover Race

Dec 2, 2015



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