The “Compatibility” Revolution of Robots

Reeman Leading the Exploration of the Future

Jerry Gao, Reeman Robotics

Reviewing the history of computers, we can observe a significant turning point: the emergence of “compatible machines.” Prior to this turning point, each computer manufacturer had its own unique hardware and software design, which to some extent hindered the widespread adoption and progress of computer technology. However, with the introduction of the IBM PC and subsequent compatible machines, the standardization of computer hardware and software interfaces propelled the mass adoption of computer technology.

When understanding future trends in the robotics industry, we can reflect on the personal computer market between 1975 and 1985. In 1975, the personal computer market was still in its early stages with relatively low sales. However, with the release of the Apple II in 1977 and the IBM PC in 1981, we began to witness an explosive growth in the personal computer market. According to statistics, global personal computer sales were around 200,000 units in 1980, but by 1985, this number had risen to over 6 million units. This growth was largely driven by the promotion of compatible machine models, which brought about the standardization of hardware and software interfaces, facilitating the widespread adoption of computer technology.

Today, we see the robotics industry facing similar challenges. Due to the lack of standardization and universality in hardware and software, as well as the limited richness of the application ecosystem, the application of robots remains relatively limited, and prices are relatively high. However, this situation may soon change, and leading the exploration of this future is Reeman.

Reeman began its efforts to promote robot compatibility five years ago, focusing on the standardization of hardware and software interfaces, specialization of division of labor, and enrichment of the hardware ecosystem. They have even opened up source code extensively, encouraging global developers to participate in this process.

Combining our understanding of computer history and the current state of the robotics industry, we can predict several possible development trends:

  1. Price reduction: Compatibility may lead to increased production scale and richness of the hardware ecosystem, thereby reducing prices.
  2. Increased functionality: With more hardware and software suppliers entering the market, robots may gain more features and stronger performance.
  3. Expansion of application areas: Compatibility may drive the development of the application ecosystem, allowing robots to find applications in more areas, including homes, education, healthcare, manufacturing, etc.
  4. Accelerated innovation: Compatibility may promote innovation as developers can more easily experiment with new hardware and software designs without having to consider compatibility issues with the underlying infrastructure.
  5. Intensified market competition: Similar to the history of the personal computer market, the robotics market may become more competitive, with various innovations and new applications emerging.

At the same time, we should also note that this process is not without challenges. For example, the establishment of hardware and software standards, the resolution of security and privacy issues, and societal acceptance of robots are all challenges we need to face. However, undoubtedly, the efforts of Reeman have outlined a possible future for us, where robots may become the third-generation significant computing terminal after computers and smartphones.

In this process, every developer, user, and observer will be participants, witnessing and creating the future together. Let us look forward to this future full of infinite possibilities!