Robots have ended up being really useful to let us do things we couldn’t before and do things we could faster and more efficiently.
They find their way into industries, research and our homes; in fact, they’re already might be a robot in your home or workplace right now.
Today, we’ll be looking at a few robots for your home that will make your life easier to let you enjoy your free time.
We’ll see what makes the robots we’re going to see truly useful and what kind of technology they use to get it done.
Home robots like the Roomba, Landroid, Grillbot and the Aido assist in various tasks around the home, like keeping it clean, mowing the lawn and helping you be on time to your appointments.
Read on to find out what sets them apart and what technology they use to help make your life better.
What makes a Home Robot Useful?
Like their counterparts used in factories and industry, a home robot helps people with any type of task, physical or otherwise.
A robot vacuum, for example, will help you keep your home clean without you needing to do anything about it.
These robots take the effort out of your daily chores, keep you company, or help you through your day by checking on your calendar or reminding you of something you forgot.
Some can even keep an eye on your home and warn you of security threats or issues with the help of computer vision and AI.
While the robots we see helping humans in science fiction media are still a long way away, the robots we do have do a pretty good job of helping us in their own limited ways.
Technology that goes into a Home Robot
The most important aspect any home robot cannot go without is controlling what they do.
They do have some autonomy, but even that is highly regulated because you decide what’s suitable for your home.
A very good control system is essential for a home robot; the prime example is the app for iRobot vacuum cleaners.
It will let you know what the robot is doing, show you what the robot has learnt about your home, and lets you set schedules to automate cleaning.
Another vital piece of tech you’ll find in any home robot is machine vision or a variation of it.
Most home robots have cameras or sensors that help them see what’s around them so that they can do the job they were made to do.
Some robots have voice recognition to know what family member is talking, and what they want the robot to do.
This is only scratching the surface as far as robots are concerned, and we’ll be seeing more advanced tech in the sections that follow.
The Roomba robot vacuum cleaner is arguably the most successful home robot ever to release commercially.
It has been ingrained in our psyche so much that any robot vacuum we’d see would be labeled a Roomba.
A part of what made the Roomba so successful can be attributed to its ability to map out your home and store the layout in memory.
This helped the robot navigate better through your home while cleaning and made it faster than other automated vacuums at the time, which found their way around the house with just a few sensors.
iRobot has several models of the Roomba now; all of them are autonomous and can be set to a schedule to clean your home through the app on your phone.
There is a Roomba model for everyone, and it’s safe to say that the little robot vacuum has made home robotics accessible to everyone.
Landroid is a robot lawnmower from Worx, which takes away the effort required to mow your lawn regularly.
You won’t need to work on the lawn anymore since this robot can automatically tend to it and keep every blade of grass on the same level.
It’s better priced than most robot lawnmowers, so it is pretty accessible to pick up for almost anyone.
Once you get the boundary wire set up, you won’t need to check on the mower to see if it’s covering every inch of your lawn.
The battery that this robot uses is the same one used by several Worx tools, so if you already own Worx products, replacing the battery is made a lot easier.
Thanks to a GPS transmitter on the robot, you can track where your robot lawnmower is even if it was stolen.
Additional features like collision prevention, geofencing and special accessories add value to the Worx Landroid.
You will have to set up all the guide wires yourself, though, since there isn’t an option for professional installation.
The Winbot from Ecovacs is another cleaning robot, but this one cleans your windows instead of the floor.
The robot runs just like a Roomba, but the only difference is that they have to be anchored in some way so that they don’t fall off the wall.
Though they are not as popular as robot vacuums, they serve a niche where you need large windows cleaned, and it just isn’t worth it to hire professional window cleaners.
The Winbot or any window cleaning robot isn’t as reliable at cleaning as a Roomba for the floor is, but it gets the job done nine times out of ten.
The robot has a squeegee, a fan to keep the robot in place and a cleaning pad around the robot’s edges.
They all work in conjunction with treads and sensors to help the robot move around the window and clean it.
The onboard battery can last for several cleanings, and even if you run out of batteries mid cleaning, the safety pod that keeps the robot from falling off has batteries in it to prevent it from falling.
It is pretty easy to set up but doesn’t have any learning features like its floor cleaning cousins do.
Overall, it is a pretty niche robot and adding on the costs of replacement cleaning pads and fluids might run you up a hefty bill to run this robot.
The Dolphin Nautilus is a pool-cleaning robot that looks like a robot lawnmower from earlier and a Roomba.
It has a sensor suite that lets it find its way around your pool and find the most optimal path to get it cleaned.
It is also intelligent enough to avoid obstacles in your pool without it needing to stop.
Most automatic pool cleaners are usually costly, but the Dolphin Nautilus will only set you back around how much it would cost for a good pressure-side pool cleaner.
The robot is far lighter than it looks and can remove the water in the robot when it detects you’re picking it up to make it easier for you.
The dual-layered filtration system effectively clears dirt and debris from your pool and keeps it inside the robot.
These two layers catch large and small debris, making the cleaning process more streamlined.
The Dolphin Nautilus does the job it is supposed to without you needing to supervise it all the time.
They can also clean the stairs of your pool, so that’s something you won’t need to bother about.
The Nautilus is an affordable pool cleaner that does the job pretty well by itself and is worth picking up if you don’t want to clean your pool yourself.
Continuing the theme of cleaning robots, the Grillbot is a robot meant to clean your barbeque grill.
Keeping the grill clean not only prevents health hazards from old food but keeps the grill from catching on fire when you’re cooking.
It cleans your grill with brass brushes and runs off a rechargeable battery.
Although it does everything by itself, it can only clean the grill’s surface.
You’ll have to step in to clean the internals where the robot can’t reach.
But for what it does, for $130, it adds a lot of conveniences when it’s barbeque season, and you’re using the grill a lot.
The robot itself looks like a Roomba, with the brushes underneath can be steel, nylon or brass, depending on what type of grill you’re using the robot on.
The robot can clean for 10-30 minutes depending on what you set and will automatically warn you if the grill is too hot or finishes its cleaning cycle.
The battery will last about three and a half hours, which isn’t that great considering it takes almost four hours to charge the battery to 100%.
Setting the cleaning time and generally using the robot is pretty easy by just using the button on the robot.
The robot isn’t a substitute for cleaning the grill by hand with a brush, but it takes a lot of the work out of cleaning a grimy grill.
The Budgee is an interesting robot that very well might be the first of its kind; it is a robot that carries around your luggage for you!
He doesn’t come cheap, though, and at $1,400 a unit, it might be better to carry your luggage yourself.
The Budgee works by following you around with the help of a transponder that’s supposed to be tied around your waist and maintains a two-foot gap.
The robot doesn’t look worth the price, and the following feature didn’t work a few times.
Since this is an emerging space of home robotics, issues like this are expected, and the makers, Five Elements, are working to fix the issues over software updates.
The robot would be great for people who can’t carry around their own luggage and ideally won’t need you to look if it’s following you or not.
All the controls are on a remote that turns the robot on and off and allows you to make it follow you or stay put, among other settings.
The robot can carry up to 60 pounds of luggage; whatever the item is, it only has to fit in the bag on the front of the robot.
Storing the robot is also easy as it folds upon itself so that you can store it in the boot of a car or a small shelf.
The Budgee is a great proof-of-concept of how robots can help us deal with problems that we were always looking at solutions for, but as of right now, the robot needs more work.
Aido is Siri or Google Assistant on wheels and is intended to be as socially interactive as possible.
It can entertain your kids and help you with your work or home schedule.
It can also keep an eye on the security of your home and alert you if it sees something suspicious.
Aido is a robot for the whole family, with every member benefitting from having Aido in their home.
Homes aren’t the only places the Aido can be used, with hotels, restaurants and hospitals lining up to try the Aido.
It can help a lot in other customer-facing industries or places where there is a lot of quick interactions with real people face to face, for example, an office reception.
The Aido can connect with the medical devices in your home and keep an eye on your loved ones and alert you if anything happens.
The robot has a multimedia projector, which you can deploy anywhere you wish to begin an impromptu movie or YouTube session.
Aido supports Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Z-wave and Bluetooth, so it is compatible with almost every smart home communication protocol out there, so compatibility won’t be an issue.
Future of Home Robots
As robots evolve, people’s expectations will also drive technology and research to new heights.
How a robot interacts with its surroundings and the people around it will be the area to watch out for in the future.
This will develop in conjunction with AI and machine learning which can help robots understand human language and emotions better and respond accordingly.
Facial recognition and computer vision have already helped robots take the next step, and as these technologies improve, people will begin to feel that robots belong right at home.
A New Member Of The House
The robots that we’ve seen today help us enhance our lives in ways of their own, but there will be robots in the future that will be capable of more than just cleaning your grill and your pool.
The next step would be robots that can do several jobs, unlike the ones we have now that can do a single task.
Making more popular at home is the best way to bring about the robot revolution since people get comfortable having a robot around them and doing work for them.
The day a robot will be welcomed as a new family member is the day when we can say robots have truly revolutionized our lives.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What can’t Robots do?
Robots lack the empathy and compassion that humans do, so any task that involves this aspect of human behavior is impossible for robots to do.
They cannot be used in patient care or babysitting children or toddlers.
Are Robots safe to keep at home?
Robots are safe to keep at home, but there is always the risk of your privacy being breached by someone nefarious.
This risk exists even with computers and phones, but the small risk is worth the greater reward.
Can I make a Robot at home?
You can make a robot at home, even if you have no experience working with robots.
Be aware that you’ll have to learn most of how to do it yourself, so only go ahead if you are determined to do so.