Pandemic lockdowns boost consumer robotics market to $10 billion in 2020 revenues


2021-02-26 19:01:13 Roboticstrends


Lockdowns around the world caused by the coronavirus pandemic have provided a boost to the consumer robotics market, according to ABI Research. The consumer robotic market pushed through the pandemic’s disruption to deliver continued growth in 2020 as consumers spent more time at home and invested in robotic offerings that made life simpler. Global tech market advisory firm ABI Research finds the consumer robotics market generated $10.4 billion in revenues in 2020, up $448 million, or 4.3 percent, on pre-pandemic expectations. Despite an initial negative impact on production and shipments at the onset of the pandemic, robot homecare vendors, including iRobot and Ecovacs, among others, saw strong third and fourth quarters greatly reduced the effect. The pandemic saw a shift in consumer focus and spending from outside to inside the home, which supported a growing emphasis on in-home spending. The additional focus on cleaning and health within the home, as well as social isolation for many, similarly brought greater interest, appeal, and spending in many segments of consumer robotics. Jonathan Collins, smart home research director at ABI Research, says: “In 2020, two key trends converged to drive homecare robotics adoption. “First, consumers were more interested in robotic cleaners, but their interest came as vendor offerings solved many issues with limited consumer appeal. “Second, product lines expanded to bring capabilities at lower price points, with improved operational efficiency and cleaning abilities. “Extended functionality such as on-board cameras as well as features targeting consumer wellness concerns, including HEPA filters and UV sterilization lamps, all furthered appeal.” However, the greatest impact of 2020 on consumer robots will likely be the greater awareness and acceptance of a valuable role for Personal/Social robots. This is driven by the isolation and restrictions placed on many demographics worldwide, but particularly in the core consumer markets – the elderly and children. Collins says: “We (note) social robot players from Softbank to SARA Robotics push trials and new engagements that helped boost the markets potential significantly during 2020. We will see the impact of that throughout the years ahead.”
ABI Research表示,新冠肺炎疫情导致的全球封锁提振了消费机器人市场。 消费机器人市场克服了疫情的干扰,在2020年实现了持续增长,因为消费者花更多的时间呆在家里,并投资于让生活更简单的机器人产品。 全球科技市场咨询公司ABI Research发现,2020年消费机器人市场的收入为104亿美元,较大流行前的预期增长4.48亿美元,增幅为4.3%。 尽管疫情爆发初期对生产和出货量产生了负面影响,但包括iRobot和Ecovacs在内的机器人家庭护理供应商在第三季度和第四季度表现强劲,大大降低了这一影响。 大流行使消费者的消费重心从家庭外部转移到家庭内部,这支持了对家庭内部消费的日益重视。 对家庭清洁和健康的额外关注,以及对许多人的社交隔离,同样也带来了更大的兴趣、吸引力和消费在许多消费机器人领域。 ABI research的智能家居研究主管乔纳森·柯林斯说:“2020年,两个关键趋势汇合在一起,推动了家庭护理机器人的采用。 “首先,消费者对机器人清洁工更感兴趣,但他们的兴趣是因为供应商的产品解决了许多消费者吸引力有限的问题。 “其次,产品线扩大,以更低的价格带来能力,提高了运营效率和清洁能力。 “扩展的功能,如车载摄像头,以及针对消费者健康问题的功能,包括高效空气过滤器和紫外线消毒灯,都进一步吸引了消费者。” 然而,2020年对消费机器人最大的影响将可能是更多的意识和接受个人/社交机器人的一个有价值的角色。 这是由于世界各地对许多人口的隔离和限制,特别是在核心消费市场----老人和儿童----所造成的。 柯林斯说:“我们(注意到)从软银到SARA Robotics等社交机器人公司推出的试验和新的合作项目,有助于在2020年显著提升市场潜力。我们会在未来数年看到这方面的影响。“