SINGAPORE (Aug 27): The residential robotic vacuum cleaner, or robovac, may be the only robot found in homes currently, but its counterparts in industry are much more pervasive and used in a whole range of sectors, from automated assembly lines to packaging and warehouses. Robots are also increasingly used in countries where population size and growth are declining. In Asia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and eventually China are likely to increase their use of robots to increase productivity and mitigate the impact of labour shortages brought on by an ageing population.

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