Sunday

A Robot In The Living Room

The idea of robots in the home is still largely a novelty; some folks have the Roomba automated floor sweeper, and we keep seeing Honda's cute little Asimo robot climbing stairs, hopping on one leg and kicking footballs. We do see some robotic carts in hospitals, too - but can we expect humanoid robots is our homes anytime soon? Maybe not in the next few years, but the push is on to make us a more robot-friendly society, like Japan already is. So-called "social robots" like "Jibo" may be the key, by providing a product a bit like an extension of a Siri, Cortana or Google Now type of personal assistant, but in a physical form. It's interactive, but not wandering around your house potentially running over the cat's tail, or knocking over an inattentive toddler.


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