Dawn of the robotic butler: R2D2’s ancestors already walk (or roll) among us

The age of robotic butlers may appear impossibly distant, as we gaze disheartened at our Roomba bumping stupidly against the staircase. But the first glimmerings of a much different sort of robot helper are already apparent. Like protozoan emerging from the primordial soup, the features that will comprise the next generation of home robots are present in the marketplace even now. As they start connecting up to form ever more complex automations, the results promise to be astounding. Hold on to your seat as we careen through the futuristic miasma that is the latest in robotic butlers. One of the first myths worth dispelling as we embark on this journey is that home robotics is a single field. In fact, the next generation of home robots will be made possible by…


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