Trending News in the Robotics Field for January 2022

Trending News in the Robotics Field for January 2022

What's the trending news in the robotics field for January 2022? Welcome to the 28th installment in our monthly series, What's Trending in Robotics News! We cover all the breaking news, hot issues, trending stories, and cool stuff that's happening — or has happened — in the robotics industry.

There were plenty of amazing things happening in the robotics industry throughout January. Let's see what caught our attention this month with the trending news in the robotics field for January 2022!

CES 2022

The big news this month? CES 2022! There were so many amazing robots to see. Our favorites?
  • PurrSong (a big thing for every cat owner)
  • Ameca, the humanoid robot
  • SkyDrive — the next generation of personal air travel
  • Bemoni 1.0, the human-like robot with artificial intelligence


Check out our full breakdown of our favorite robots from CES 2022 right here

In the Medical Field

Covered in TechExplore, a new robot called "Pepper" built for the medical profession will wear friendly expressions to help you through procedures. Talk about some helpful bedside manner! Is this a robot you'd trust with your health?


In the Servicing Field

From Interesting Engineering: there's a whole host of new robots ready to serve as your servants. These helpful bots will help clean, serve food, and serve as delivery and reception hosts. Are you prepared for these to be a part of your everyday life? It seems like it's coming very soon. 


In the Space Field

Did you know that the surface of the moon is actually electrically charged? Well, it is — and according to Universe Today, that's good news for robots. There's a new MIT robot out there that can use the natural charge of the moon for power. Additionally, NASA is on its mission to find water on the moon using robots.


In the Agriculture Field

The classic farmhand is getting a high-tech upgrade. There are two big leaps in the agricultural robot world this month. From TechExplore, there's a new batch of robotic tractors ready to start working on the farm. From PBS, there's a new report on the advanced robots to help out on dairy farms. Is this the future of farming? What other types of environmental aspects will robotics help out next? 


In Movies, Media, and Culture

Some fun robotics moments in pop culture this month! First, from ScreenRant, several Boston Dynamics robots were featured in the new "Star Wars" show. Katy Perry featured a robot dog in her new music video, according to autoevolution. Oh, and from IEEE Spectrum, there's a robot covering "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak. 


 Quick Hits

  • Another article on Ameca, the humanoid robot, from Cnet.
  • From Reuters, an avatar robot is helping out an ill student in Germany.
  • SCMP profiles a mind-reading factory bot from China 
  • From Robohub, a story on robots helping to pick up underwater litter


What's To Come?

There is a lot of news out there — but these are the stories that caught our eyes this month. If we could give one big theme for the month, it would be "anew." We head into another year after yet another tumultuous twelve months, with an uncertain future ahead of us. It's scary and intimidating — but there's so much significant advancement in the robotics field that it's hard not to feel optimistic. We face so many challenges as a species and as a planet as we go into 2022, but the world of robotics is helping us all to get through them. 

The bottom line: Robotics, as a whole, are on a roll. They're adapting to every aspect of our lives and touching every element of what we do, from how we eat to where we will go as a species. Our best advice? Sit back, enjoy the ride and enjoy every second of it. One more thing, readers — if you have anything we should add for the next edition, let us know! What caught your attention in the robotics world throughout January? Comment below, and we might feature it in our next issue!

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