Awesome House Robots of the Future
In this modern day and age, technology is omnipresent. In fact, reading this article, you’re probably already using more than one technological system or device. But one particular field of technology is notable for the giant leaps it has taken in a relatively short period of time – robotics. In fact, many companies are now creating robots geared for domestic tasks, from washing dishes to tidying up the living room. Here’s 5 house robots that look promising in the near future.
HERB is the brainchild of two heavyweights in the field – Intel and Carnegie Mellon University. The robot is nicknamed as a “home-exploring robotic butler” and is designed to do exactly what their human counterparts do. HERB can effortlessly perform household chores including cooking and cleaning. Videos of HERB performing household chores are available online, one even displays the intuitive robot twisting apart an Oreo without breaking any part of it.
Thanks to funding from the EU, this remote-controlled video display program can help elderly people connect with their loved ones via Skype or other similar platforms. The days of tediously having to drive miles to your parent’s countryside house or the nursing care center are behind. Of course you should still visit them in-person, but having GiraffPlus gives you the ability to regularly check up on them and make sure they’re okay. Think of the GiraffPlus as Skype with legs – the same simple-to-use interface but with the added mobility and convenience.
When it comes to technology and engineering, Germany isn’t a country to just follow behind the herd. Care-O-Bot 3 is one of the designs by the German brand, Fraunhofer IPA. The robot is created to assist disabled and elderly people who have mobility problems. Care-O-Bot 3 allows these people to live independently by fetching and carrying items for its owner, from a glass of water to your prescription glasses. The robot stores the owner’s preferred locations for item placement and retrieves the information from its database whenever needed.
Cute, cuddly pets have been scientifically proven to help in treating ill patients. But animal companionship also presents the problem of being a risk to sanitation and hygiene. A puppy or kitten can defecate and urinate wherever they wish to, which is unacceptable especially in healthcare facilities that aim to promote the highest standards of cleanliness. PARO is a cute, realistic robotic seal that provides the therapeutic benefits of animal companionship without the compromised living conditions.
Stands for Hybrid Assistive Limb, HAL is a robotic exoskeleton that seeks to significantly enhance the mobility of elderly or disabled patients who put it on. In 2013, Japan’s government approved of HAL’s commercialization. Through merging natural physical function of humans plus mechanical function of the exoskeleton, HAL stands to expand the activities that humans are able to perform safely and efficiently.
These 5 house robots only mark the beginning of what’s to come. In the next 10 to 20 years, humans will be able to apply robotics to a wider array of operations including full automation of household chores.