Monday, February 9, 2009
Will Your Future Include Domestic Robots?
Domestic robots have been living in homes for the past 7 years by cleaning, entertaining, teaching and communicating with us. Domestic robots like the Roomba, Scooba, Karcher RC3000, Robomow, Mindstorms NXT, Rovio, Aibo and Robosapien have become household names that many can recognize. I do agree that there are still some gaps to make current domestic robots plain old appliances (a.k.a. "toasters") but the gap is closing in fast. These robots will evolve and a branch of them will bring humanoid domestic robots into our daily lives. You can see some of them already coming out as prototypes like Anybot's QA and Monty, Elumotion's humanoid robot projects, PAL's REEM-B and MIT's MDS robots. So do not be surprised to see pictures, like the one posted, of your kids or grand kids with their domestic robot in your lifetime!