Our Awesome Robot Future: Still the Future, Not Yet Awesome
The reality is more … homespun. For all the advances robots have made in industrial and commercial spaces, consumer robotic technology seems to be lagging. Many of the robots on display at the Consumer Electronics Show this year were wonky attempts to either a) make toys, b) put touchscreens on pedestals and wheels, or c) build machines that can move around but do little else. We surveyed the current state of the consumer robot market. Here’s what we found:
Maybe that’s because putting robots in our homes is actually really hard. In commercial applications, a robot has to perform a set number of tasks in a controlled environment. I, for one, would not call my home a controlled environment: The number of variables is so great that it requires real advancements in big-time scientific fields such as computer vision, facial recognition, natural-language processing, and speech synthesis.