Robotic Trends for 2018 to Follow

Though last year was said to be the year of the robot, 2018 is the year of implementing robots and AI technology in businesses and your home. During CES 2018 and SXSW 2018 we had a chance to see demos of some of the newest robots coming to market or just launched. Below is our opinion on some of the robots from both events. These robots are not only innovative but some of them will be instrumental on creating a smart home for the family, on future research or help to expand your business in the near future.

Kuri Home Robot

Kuri Home Robot is the next home sitter and pet sitter robot while you are away. The Kuri Home Robot is equipped with industry-leading technology including capacitive touch sensors in the head, a 1080p HD camera as one of the eyes, microphones around the neck, speakers in the hips, and lasers in the belly. The Kuri App gives you insights into what your home robot is up to when you’re away. Kuri can check on your pets while you’re at work, casually explore your home or apartment, play music, read an audiobook bedtime story to the kids, or capture the unseen moments of your home life with Kuri Vision. Kuri Home Robot is available for pre-order with a $100.00 deposit here:


At this exhibit there was a prototype of SUSHI TELEPORTATION, created by a team dedicated to realizing “culinary teleportation”. Using data on taste, nutrition, color, etc., a robot arm food printer recreates the exact same sushi served in Tokyo. As you can see in the video there are on the very early stages of the SUSHI TELEPORTATION. For more information please visit:


UNIVERSAL ROBOTS are cost-effective, safe, and flexible collaborative robots or cobots that comes in three different sizes. The industrial collaborative robots that acts like a arm is made to automate and streamline repetitive industrial processes for small or large businesses. While at SXSW I got to view demo of the cobots dueling with light sabers and it was pretty awesome! To learn more about UNIVERSAL ROBOTS please visit:

KUKA Industrial Robot

KUKA offers industrial robots in a wide range of versions with various payload capacities and reaches. Our spectrum of products also includes the appropriate robot peripheral equipment – from linear units to end effectors. Combined with cutting-edge software and innovative controllers, we develop individual solutions for your manufacturing processes together with you. Whether for maximum speeds behind the safety fence of your system, as a mobile solution for your Industrie 4.0 requirements, or for direct collaboration between humans and machines in HRC operation. For more information about KUKA please visit:

Soft Robotic Fish (SoFi )

The world ocean is a habitat of 230,000 known species, but because much of it is unexplored, the number of species that exist in the ocean is much larger, possibly over two million. Introducing the Soft Robotic Fish (SoFi) that was created to collect data about precarious marine environment and species. SoFi was built to mimic the agility, speed, and buoyancy of an organic aquatic organism. The life-like movement enables SoFi to follow schools of fish and interact with marine organisms. It is able to recreate the natural movement of a fish by introducing some creative new technologies into SoFi’s design. By filling its sensitive circuitry with oil rather than air, SoFi is able to maintain structural integrity at great depths and intense pressure. It is also able to communicate using acoustic signals rather than traditional radio frequencies. The advancement in communications enables the robotic fish to talk to its operators from more than 60 feet away. For more information and research about the SoFi please visit: and

This is just a short list of what is to come for consumer and business robots throughout the year. Keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for the newest robot updates.


Source: KUKA, Robotic Fish, Innotech Today, Robotics Science Mag, Universal Robots, Sushi Teleportation, Kuri