New scientist say "They're mobile, they're autonomous and they're right outside your door. After years of hype and crushing failure, robots are ready to start serving us in our homes. You can already buy one to mow your lawn. Vacuuming and polishing are next."
Before going on to detail and interview the people behind such projects
as the Eurekaco Robot Vac and it's competetor Dyson's DC06.
More complicated than these simple autonomous vacuum cleaners are the
Gecko Systems Carebot--a base platform to build all kinds of functions on, available to beta-testers now--and the Probotics Cye which comes complete with drinks tray and webcam to records it's vacum cleaning antics.
If these robot's don't tickle your paranoid fantasys of being mutilated in
your sleep by rotating robotic blades, why not order a Friendly Robotics Robomow
which will run around your garden cutting the grass and giving the pets nightmares? Alternatively, the Husqvarna AutoMower does much the same thing.
As I said, people have been predicting the comming of the Robots for
quite some time, but all these products are either already available or are
promised very soon. How long can it be before C3PO is walking around
my living room asking me if I need a beer to go with that television meal?
What other kinds of robots do you think we'll be seeing soon?