Most of the funding was focused on autonomous passenger vehicles (APVs), surgical robotics, and warehouse automation, with significant growth for field robotics and drone services.
By 2023, IDC said it expects this spending will reach $241.4 billion with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.8%.
The contest, which followed football in its previous runs from 2011-2014, now features robots shooting sepak takraw balls in a trajectory towards their respective goals.
The national team, represented this time by Grace Christian College’s “Gracean Whiz”, received the Silver Award for Gracious Professionalism in the competition that drew 43 teams (over 400 students) from 21 countries.
The Philippine Robotics National Team is set to compete again at the FLL European Open Championship in Izmir, Turkey on May 20-27.
Robotics and drone spending is expected to be $95.9 billion in 2018.
The collaboration, which aims to inculcate scientific innovation and robotics learning among the kids of Dagupan City and other areas of Pangasinan, was the result of the partnership that started when SEI celebrated the World Space Week in the city in 2011.