April 16, 2013

The consumer robotics market is gaining considerable momentum, creating an environment in which embedded software testing is critical to protect individuals from safety hazards created by malfunctioning devices.

According to a recent ABI Research study, the consumer robotics segment is set to reach a total market value of approximately $6.5 billion by 2017. This represents considerable growth in an industry that was valued at approximately $1.6 billion in 2012.

Philip Solis, research director for ABI Research, explained that shifts in the consumer robotics market landscape are establishing a solid foundation for long-term growth potential. However, safety concerns remain a key issue in the sector.

"What happens if a robot falls down the stairs while someone is walking up, or gets caught on a lamp power cord and pulls the lamp down and starts a fire?" asked Solis. "This is a gating factor to take-up of more complex personal robots - solvable but with additional cost."

Automated software testing can contribute to major improvements in robot safety. To a great extent, robots operate through a combination of monitoring devices, sensors and cameras that interact with software to guide operations. As a result, quality embedded software is a central component of safety in the robotics sector.

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