Thursday, April 24, 2014

Service Robots for Personal and Private Use

A service robot is a robot which operates semi- or fully autonomously to perform services useful to the well-being of humans and equipment, they exclude manufacturing operations, and they are capable of making decisions and acting autonomously in real and unpredictable environments to accomplish determined tasks. Personal service robots, which include vacuum cleaning and lawn-mowing robots, tele- and remote-presence, elder care and medical companions, and entertainment and leisure robots, including toy robots, hobby systems and kits, and home education and training robots are examples of personal service robots which are usually operated by a lay person.

Legend: Choose industrial robot makers; Service robots used by corporations and governments; Service robots for personal and private use; Robotic start-up companies, the Top 20 robotics-focused universities and research labs, or All from the filtering pull-down icon. Please send companies we've missed to

Instructions: Use Google's directional and + and - markers on the left of the map to navigate and hone in on an area of interest (or double click near where you want to enlarge). Click on marker to get pop-up window with name, location and link to company's website.


This global map does not cover an additional 1,000+ Ancillary Businesses such as image systems, software developers, engineering and consulting firms, integrators and resellers, designers, servo, laser and stereo camera providers, etc. Nor does it cover 250+ other educational facilities and research labs. These can be found in our Ancillary Businesses and Educational and Research Facilities Directories. The map is also limited by my own research capabilities, language translation limitations, and scarcity of information about robotics companies in emerging countries. Finally, the map shows a single entry for a company headquarters regardless how many branches, subsidiaries and locations that company might have.