The field of robotics is evolving, bringing futuristic visions into the present.

This years AUTOMATE showcased a wide array of robots designed for different applications —from household chores to complex industrial tasks.

Humanoid robotics: Navigating the Uncanny Valley.


Humanoid robots aim to replicate human behavior and appearance but often provoke discomfort due to the "uncanny valley" phenomenon. 

Introduced by Masahiro Mori in 1970, this concept describes the eerie feeling that arises when a robot's appearance is almost human-like - but not quite there.


Simplified, geometric designs tend to be better received by users. At the event, a home robot demonstrated its ability to perform basic chores but struggled with context-driven tasks, highlighting the current limitations of AI.

Quadrupedal robots:
No barking, just beeping!

Robotic dogs, primarily designed for security and surveillance, offer significant stability and adaptability across various terrains. Their design avoids the uncanny valley by focusing on functionality rather than human-like appearance. These robots can navigate uneven surfaces, making them suitable for a range of applications beyond security, such as assisting with outdoor activities like hiking or camping.

Food industry bots
Stirring up innovation

The food industry is quickly adopting automation, with robots taking on roles that require high precision and speed. Serving Bots seem to have passed the threshold of culinary complexity by demonstrating their ability to serve drinks, decorate cakes, and brew coffee with exceptional accuracy. 


These robots utilize advanced controllers and sensors to minimize human error and enhance hygiene, most likely with a higher chance in consistent quality and efficiency than your average kitchen tool. In what way they can be implemented in an actual kitchen remains to be seen.

The heavy lifters: Industrial and logistics robots

Robotic pallet Jacks:
The load luggers

Robotic pallet jacks are transforming logistics and manufacturing by moving large objects with precision, reducing accidents, and creating safer factory environments.

AGV heavy load:
The workhorses

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are equipped with cameras or infrared sensors to navigate factories and warehouses, stopping to avoid obstacles. They are increasingly popular in logistics, reflecting company branding and values.

AGV light load and carts:
The lightweights

Light load AGVs are designed for logistics, carrying and moving smaller objects. They follow users and transport items efficiently. Delivery AGVs and shelf-stacking bots, used in offices and retail, offer modular designs for various applications, including open and closed compartments.

Magnetic movement: Magically moving


In addition to improvements in the vehicles themselves a new trend of gliding motion has established itself as a new industry darling. 


Magnetic movement technology allows robots to move freely without fixed paths, offering greater flexibility and synchronization for complex tasks. This evolution from traditional conveyor belts supports more dynamic workflows.

Robotic arms:
Flexing their muscles

Combining these robust lifters with another significant innovation—the robotic arm—ushers in a new era of versatility. The prominence of robotic arms was already evident at HANNOVER MESSE 2024, and it's no surprise that these mechanical limbs are now central in various other fields. Traditionally, heavy-duty arms remain anchored to fixed points, but advancements in lighter models have unlocked new levels of mobility.


Heavy-duty robotic arms

Heavy-duty robotic arms handle substantial industrial tasks, from moving car parts to welding, with a robust, muscular design.


Light-duty robotic arms

Light-duty robotic arms, with a softer appearance and user-friendly features like LED indicators, excel in tight spaces and adaptable scenarios.

Smart Controls and Safety:
The UX-centered brains behind the robot brawns

Modern robotics employs advanced control systems, such as tablets and ergonomic controllers, to enhance user interaction.

Safety First Features

3D scanners and motion sensors improve safety in factories, alerting workers to potential hazards and creating detailed product models.

Innovative Industrial Tools:
Smart Tools and Sensors

From smart assembly tools to laser welding and QR code scanners, innovative industrial tools enhance automation. The Arduino PRO line introduces new sensors for environmental monitoring, computer vision, and voice detection.

Human-Machine Collaboration

Another topic mirrored at the HANNOVER MESSE 2024: Co-bots, or collaborative robots, are transforming how we work by combining human control with robotic efficiency. Unlike fully autonomous robots, co-bots are designed to assist humans, making tasks easier and more efficient. This approach reduces system complexity and cost, as co-bots learn by being shown tasks rather than being programmed.

AI in the field:
Artificial decision making

In quality control, co-bots excel. Picture a robotic arm scanning medical components on a conveyor belt using 3D scanning technology. AI analyzes these scans for defects, flagging issues for human review to ensure top-quality output. In shipping, co-bots enhance efficiency by scanning and packing items to optimize space and minimize damage, showcasing their ability to make complex decisions in real-time.

Synchronized robotics: Enhancing Assembly Line Efficiency

The efficiency of co-bots is amplified when multiple units work in unison. On assembly lines, various robotic arms perform synchronized tasks, significantly speeding up production. Some co-bots feature specialized "fingers" for delicate tasks, demonstrating their versatility and adaptability.

LED communication:
Visual signals for enhanced interaction

Industrial co-bots utilize LED accents in specific colors (red, blue, green) to indicate status and function, improving human-robot interaction. These visual cues are not only functional but also contribute to the co-bots' modern and intelligent design.

Streamlined interfaces:
Simplified control panels

Co-bots feature user interfaces with simple, consistent infographics. This design approach minimizes visual clutter, making it easier for users to control and interact with the robots, ensuring an efficient and intuitive user experience.



Digital twins:
Bridging the physical and digital divide

Digital twins, virtual replicas of physical objects, are revolutionizing co-bot deployment. They enable users to visualize and optimize robot movements and functions within a virtual space, facilitating better planning and intuitive programming.