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Top 100 Robot Trends in 2016

#100 Anti-Drone Bazookas
#99 Robot-Run Pizzerias
#98 Robot-Run Farms
#97 Hovering Selfie Drones
#96 Humanoid Military Robots
#95 Modular Styrofoam Drones
#94 Disaster Zone Rescue Drones
#93 Home Automation Assistants
#92 Robot-Made Sneakers
#91 Rolling Robotic Toys
#90 Helicopter-Inspired Flying Cars
#89 LEGO-Based Robotics Kits
#88 Autonomous Rescue Aircraft
#87 Autonomous Indoor Gardens
#86 3D-Printed Concrete Architecture
#85 Drone Experience Glasses
#84 Sushi-Making Robots
#83 3D-Printed Cocktails
#82 Free-Rotation VR Pods
#81 DIY Home Spy Cameras
#80 Wine-Serving Robots
#79 Intelligent Robotic Suitcases
#78 Electric Car Brand Drones
#77 Table Tennis-Teaching Robots
#76 Expressive Robot Faces
#75 Garment-Sewing Robots
#74 Compact Forestry Robots
#73 Virtual Reality-Capturing Drones
#72 Autonomous Robotic Gardeners
#71 Robotic AI Toys
#70 Voice-Controlled Robotic Toys
#69 Indoor Drone Arenas
#68 Actress-Inspired Robots
#67 VR Drone Cameras
#66 Autonomous Beach Lifeguards
#65 Rolling Surveillance Robots
#64 DIY Robot Creatures
#63 Voice-Activated Vacuums
#62 Haircut-Suggesting Robots
#61 Expressive Coding Toys
#60 Intelligent Water Sprinkler Systems
#59 Home Security Companion Robots
#58 Outdoor Security Robots
#57 Bear-Shaped Home Automation Bots
#56 DIY Airplane Headphones
#55 Race Car-Inspired Drones
#54 Window-Washing Drones
#53 Gecko-Inspired Robots
#52 Compact Flatpack Drones
#51 Intelligent Robot Pets
#50 Autonomous Electric Transport Vehicles
#49 Drone-Syncing Goggles
#48 Personal Mobility Robots
#47 Cute Family-Friendly Robots
#46 Connected Robotic Lawn Mowers
#45 Realistic Robotic Dogs
#44 Armored Toy Drones
#43 Drone-Disabling Artillery
#42 Hybrid Drone Toys
#41 Fire-Starting Drones
#40 Egg-Shaped Camera Drones
#39 Approved Hospital Robots
#38 DIY Professional Drone Kits
#37 Foldable Drone Designs
#36 Laser Warfare Drones
#35 Balancing Monkey Robots
#34 Planet-Mining Robots
#33 Autonomous Robot Lawn Waterers
#32 App-Controlled Indoor Drones
#31 Fast Food Robot Chefs
#30 Flying Surveillance Robots
#29 Conceptual Delivery Drones
#28 Educational Modular Robots
#27 Domesticated Chore Robots
#26 Robotic AI Assistants
#25 Modular Gaming Robots
#24 Robotic Beer Pong Toys
#23 Boat Maintenance Drones
#22 Solar-Powered Watering Robots
#21 Code-Teaching Toy Robots
#20 Robotic Cocktail Makers
#19 Obstacle-Evading Drones
#18 Adorable Egg-Shaped Robots
#17 Affordable Wearable Exoskeletons
#16 DIY Insect Robots
#15 Dart-Deploying Drones
#14 AI Creative Directors
#13 Gesture-Controlled Drone Accessories
#12 Robotic Vacuum Decals
#11 DIY Anti-Drone Guns
#10 Object-Retrieving Pills
#9 Aging Simulation Suits
#8 Elderly-Assisting Robots
#7 Robotic Pet Assistants
#6 Printed Robot Salamanders
#5 Autonomous Tracking Drones
#4 Robotic Smart Vacuums
#3 Robotic Human Augmentations
#2 Home Robot Assistants
#1 Delivery Drone Skyscrapers
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From Home Automation Systems to Domesticated Robot Concepts

Whether it is for the purpose of making a task more simple to complete or to provide a function that was previously nonexistent, the top 2016 robot trends have seen a variety of different innovations. Some of the more prominent themes in this trend include home automation systems and home robot assistants.

The 'Bearbot' was designed by Vivien Muller and comes in an endearing design that acts as the home's hub. The tiny robot was made to look like a bear in both shape and color, as well as in the facial expressions it uses throughout the day on its screen. The robot is able to control various aspects of the home – including laptops, lights, TVs, shutters, music and the thermostat. Homeowners can communicate actions to the bear using a simple sign language.

This year has also seen the rise of robots that help in the home with various tasks that include scheduling and playing with children. One of the more interesting examples to arise from this trend is the concept proposed by Elon Musk – the idea for a domesticated robot. This proposal would offer live-in robots that are able to complete an array of home chores, many of which include cleaning. The proposal comes in response to the many responsibilities that consumers now have, both at work and in the home.

For more insight into robots and tech-related trends in the upcoming year, Trend Hunter's 2017 Trend Report is available for free online.
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