Robots that Matter: Emerging Applications for SIM Card Controlled Robotic Systems

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM Carmi Brandis  
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Robots are everywhere, and they’re here to help! While they haven’t achieved sentience yet and may not look like the androids promised in science-fiction films, today’s robots still are incredibly useful for an astonishing range of tasks. Serving humanity in a variety of shapes and sizes, our automated friends can perform jobs ranging from complex manufacturing processes and medical procedures to simple monitoring and delivery services. 

Whereas robots of the past typically were confined to laboratories or factories, robots have managed to crawl, roll, and even fly their way into our day-to-day world. Thanks to advances in programming and computer miniaturization, almost anyone can design and control a modern robot. Ready-to-order kits and raspberry pi computing make do-it-yourself robotics projects even easier. Best of all, SIM cards can be integrated easily with almost any robotics system to connect them to a cellular network. Once connected, the robot becomes part of the ever-expanding Internet of Things, allowing you to control the bot from anywhere in the world.

But what are some potential applications that might make a difference close to home for you? If you’re with a small business looking to branch out, a city or county looking to test out automation options, or an educator or researcher looking for a more affordable platform for your next robotics project, here are some applications that might matter to you.

Robots Surround Us: Perimeter Patrol

SIM card enabled robots, equipped with cameras and motion sensors, are perfect for nighttime surveillance of a perimeter or surveillance automation aimed at reducing human interference in a natural environment. Robots built for surveillance often are small, built to detect obstacles and roll over or through a variety of surfaces. These robots can transmit what they see back to the cloud and their operator via 4G LTE networks and may even be controlled to some extent using this same connection.

Robots on Your Front Door: Robotic Delivery Services

SIM card enabled drones and robots can cover long distances without growing tired and can even carry a significant amount of weight for their surprisingly small size. While larger-scale vendors are testing out deployment of larger fleets, small businesses may want to use robots for the delivery of goods locally. Flight paths or driving directions can be set by the user and transmitted via cellular connection. If the robot or drone encounters difficulty, it can use this same connection to transmit information back to its owner. Likewise, delivery robots could be outfitted with a variety of video and streaming technologies to allow recipients to communicate directly with a supplier using this type of technology upon delivery. Cameras and sensors can even be used to detect when the robot should “unlock” its contents upon arrival. Want to see what delivery robots might look like? Check out this video from Wired!

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Robots in the Classroom: Robotics and Education

Within the next twenty years, Bloomberg estimates that robotic technology will automate some 8,000 million jobs. While automation figures often are presented as the stuff of economic nightmares in popular media, the reality is that automation stands to improve our quality of life and drive new opportunities in tech.  

Exposing students to the world of robotics early on in their education can make all the difference, encouraging young people of all backgrounds to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. SIM card enabled robots can become an integrated part of classroom and lab-based learning and may even be programed to make the rounds across campus. Older students in high school and college can learn to build their own robots for competitions and proof-of-concept for larger applications. Once enabled, these robots easily can link to the school’s network to relay performance data automatically and download updates and student-built programming packages.

Robots that Care: Robotics and Elder Care

Old age can be a vulnerable time and, as the baby boomer generation continues to retire, demand for care is likely to outstrip supply. Fortunately, robots soon may allow nursing homes, hospices, retirement communities, and independent living facilities to make sure “someone” is always on hand to help. Connected with a home’s utility system by a SIM card, these automated nurses could be used to adjust environmental settings, call for help, dispense medication, and provide home security. Better still, SIM cards could link other technologies within the robot itself, allowing it to serve as a physician or caretaker’s “eyes in the room”. The Independent writes, “If a room sensor detects a user may have fallen over, a human operator can take control of the robot, use it to investigate the event and contact the emergency services if necessary”. Although robots of this kind still are in the proof-of-concept phase, nursing homes, hospitals, and other organizations dedicated to elder care could cheaply and easily test customized robots of this kind using SIM card technology.

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Neo – Get your Robot Online Today

In the near future, 5G connections will make remote support and monitoring even easier for robotics, allowing for integration of augmented reality technologies that could let the robot’s operator see and hear everything the robot encounters.

Here at Neo, we believe that everyone should have a hand in the future. If you’re ready to craft your own robots and want to get started with SIM card driven IoT, we can help. Our SIM cards work almost anywhere in the nation, and you can check our coverage map to make sure the plan you’re buying is right for your area. For robots you can control nearly instantaneously, we recommend 4G LTE. In addition to being faster than any other connection type on the market, 4G LTE connection type has lower latency and broad coverage throughout the United States.

We offer flexible pricing packages right for almost any budget, and our SIM cards provide the perfect chance to test DIY plans or launch a proof of concept for larger network based robotics applications. And if you’re looking to connect with other IoT practitioners, you can connect via our active online support community anytime day or night.

Ready to get started? Contact us today!

Topics: SIM cards, education, IoT Connectivity management, robots, robotics, Robotic Delivery Services