Automation for the Home - Buy A Robot To Clean Your House

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Put Your Feet Up And Start Up Your New Best Friend

Busy?

Work hard all day, maybe at an office or warehouse, a store or factory? Automation something you deal with or work with every day in your workplace?

Do you come home every night, look at your house and think 'Oh yeah, I must find the time to clean up sometime.' Your vacuum cleaner though, stays put for another day once you have made dinner, cleaned the kitchen, loaded the dishwasher and finally slumped into the armchair.

Most of us will read this and understanding that cleaning is just another household chore that places demands on our time. Personally, I never have time to clean through the week and spend all day Saturday pushing around either a duster or a vacuum in the name of a clean house.

I want to live in a show house - who wouldn't? But a show house comes at a high price (not only financially) in terms of the time needed to make it look its best.

Cleaning is one of the more onerous household tasks too. Polish, dusters and elbow grease a lot of the time for tables, benches, woodwork etc and then some patience, strength, bending and scrubbing required to vacuum the stairs and along skirting boards.

Anything that gets the job done more quickly and painlessly has to be applauded but what might fit the bill?

"Another person doing it!"

Well yes, in an ideal world, we would all share our homes with people who are just as fastidious as us but alas, this is rarely the case and most of us can't afford 'help' in the form of buying in a cleaner or housekeeper.

So in this day and age of automation - can I buy a tool which does some of these cleaning jobs for me?

Yes! A robotic vacuum cleaner, an automatic vacuum cleaner who does my work without any input from me!

The 'Chore' Robot - A Short History

There are a number of automated devices specifically created to make housework easier. These are commonly known as 'domestic robots'.

Early domestic robots like the HERO were mainly created to entertain us. The HERO was created in the mid-80s and as you may remember, the 80s in famous as being the 'me' decade so entertainment was clearly top of our 'needs' list. It is possible that whilst wishing to be entertained, we were sometimes wading through out own detritus at home but nobody thought about a robot to clean things up (yet).

The first real domestic robot created for 'work' at home was Topo which had its software created by Apple but was also Windows compatible. Sadly, (s)he was only a half-robot because whilst fitted with software and even featuring a text to speech processor, she had no sensors so was not really automatically doing anything. Topo though, was the first prototype for a 'chore robot' - created to do work for us.

The COMRO was another domestic robot which was created in the 80s but was never created in great numbers - made of fibreglass and painted white, she was only one of a number of domestic robots of that decade.

Whilst the HERO, Topo and Comro may not have set the world on fire, they were nonetheless a move in the right direction for those of us 'domestically challenged' - robots created to make our lives that bit easier. Comro could carry over our Pina Coladas but couldn't get to us because of all the crumbs on the carpet in her way. Luckily she was not programmed to give us dirty looks.


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Automation Gets Smarter - Technology Lends A Hand

The 3 robots above had technology built in. They were created using microprocessors and had a few other nifty tricks on board but as you can see from the photos they were somewhat clunky and not exactly aesthetically pleasing.

In the 90s designers continued to develop robots for a number of different things and now in the second decade of the 00s we find ourselves with a number of robots at our disposal to make our lives easier.

Both inside and outside of our homes we are taking advantage of automation which has been enhanced by developments in new technology.

Robots now have sensors - and if you want a device which can mow your lawn or vacuum clean your carpet, sensors are a deal breaker.

The sensors respond to edges, corners, stop points etc so that the device knows it needs to change direction. The days of remote controlling a device are now over. If you need a remote control - this is not an automated device.

Devices like robotic vacuum cleaners and robotic lawn mowers are fairly expensive but like all household devices, prices will eventually fall to a point when we might all be able to afford them. The days of the automatic vacuum cleaner and automatic mower are upon us now, we just need to win the money to afford one.

Only those in the best of circumstances might have a home which is fully automatic - curtains close themselves, lights can be dimmed and switched on or off automatically without the need for any human intervention. Most of us are satisfied if our freezer has an ice maker and our coffee maker does its thing at the press of a switch. We still smile when the timer pings on our cooker.

Chore robots existed in the world of animations like The Jetsons and are also regularly featured in Japanese anime, often with personalities though to make interactions more interesting.

Personally, I just want to switch on my robot and let it get on with what used to be 'my' chores. I might even watch for a while...and gloat.

The latest furore over robots - 'sex robots' created to satisfy another area of our lives ( though not necessarily a 'chore'?) will no doubt rumble on for years to come; its morally ok to get your robot to vacuum clean your floor or make your dinner but asking it to pop into bed with you is a step too far!

I still want human interaction in most areas of my life but I would love, in the future, to share my house with a chore robot - my little cleaner, mower, cook, chopper, blender, polisher, servant and maybe at the end of a hard day at work, I might even have a robot-masseuse!

Many thanks for reading! This hub was NOT created by a chore robot!

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Automation for the Home - Buy A Robot To Clean Your House Comments 52 comments

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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Cathy - hi! I am the laziest houskeeper in Britian and if not the laziest, then at least the most reluctant :o) What's to like? It has the word 'work' at the end of it, never a good sign :o) Thanks for your comment.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Audrey, don't we all :o) I could happily have a whole platoon of bots doing my bidding.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

duffsmom, thanks for your comment - what a shame your bots did not work out for you - I can see a gap in the market for a 'pet friendly' bot which runs silently, picking up hairs as it goes? All I need now are engineering skills!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Daisy, only 2? Give me 5 or 6 and I'll just sit with my feet up and watch them get to work :o)


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Cathy Fidelibus 3 years ago from NJ

I am in hook line and sinker. Would love never to have to clean the house again. Just being honest.

Voted up!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Sign me up! I want one of those!


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duffsmom 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

I have to admit, when I was still working a lot of hours, I bought two robots. One vacuumed, the other did floors. We have dogs, so the tiny little compartment for gunk was not big enough and it was soon retired. The floor washing robot was better, it did get the floor clean - but the down side was the length of time it takes and the noise! It is a really loud little guy.

So I am back to doing it myself. Not my wisest investment! LOL thanks for the great hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Julie,

I love it!!! I'll take two, one for each floor of my house.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Christy, many thanks for the comment and the share- I appreciate it. I think we're a long way off having our own robits while they're still under development but you never know what the future holds.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Sharkye11, thanks for your comment - yes, 2 or 3 of these little fellows will give me the life of Riley! I hope they get a lot cheaper and we can all own one.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I want a chore robot too! That would be nice. You are right that after a long day of work, cleaning house is not exactly what I want to do. Vote up and going to share over on Twitter as well.


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Ooh! I want one. Or two. Just to keep the floor clean, I will do the rest. At least until the make one that hangs up laundry! Think of all of the free time I will have to write and draw and play!

Great hub! Voting and sharing!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Rema, many thanks for dropping by to read and comment - I wish I had a robot today to to unpack my holiday clothes....and wash them..and iron them... and put them all away :o)


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Of course jools, it is clear from your writing that a robot has not made this hub :) Lovely hub. Very interesting. How nice it would be to have a robot that would clean the house for me because that is one job I have started to complain about these days. Why? It takes up a lot of my time that I would otherwise spend usefully on Hub Pages :) Big fat hopes on my part I am sure.

Anyway thanks for the wonderful idea and the details. Sharing it all over. Cheers, Rema.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Alas Pete, you gotta pay for it! Thanks for the comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Hi Keith, thanks for your comment - Yes, the sex robot..Mmmmm, typical that someone thinks there's a market for those! I love the idea of having a robot to do my bidding but I would keep the remote control with me at all times incase it rebelled against me :o)


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Where do I sign up? For the cleaning robot that is!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

The Jetsons!! I used to love that show...LOL this whole piece is amazing, Julie, but I am afraid of the outcome when sex robots become popular...or have a robot at all in my home!

Thanks for the great read and Voted this up and across! Also sharing :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Michelle, thanks for your comment. Yup, we could all do with a robot in our lives.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I wish we'd really have one of these....would help me and give me more time for writing! LOL! We have some robots for cleaning the floor and vacuuming, like Rajan said, but would really love the Chore robot in my home. Thanks for a really interesting hub, Jools.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Ruby - exactly! More time to do your own thing whilst your bot keeps on top of your housework :o) Many thanks for your comment.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

That would be totally fantastic! Then I could play out in my yard with the dog more! Sweet! Great hub, thanks.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bruce, Mmmmm, yes you're right about movie robots seeming to develop a renegade streak. You could always go online and find a boffin's page and do a spot of personal 'rewiring' to ensure your robot behaves itself :o)


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Sounds like the perfect item for a stay at home dad that is constantly picking up behind a 5 and 3 year old....not to mention the 19, 18 and 17 year old....lol.

Being a huge movie fan, the only thing I would worry about is the robot losing control and taking down the house....I think every robot in movies either breaks, gets taken control of by bad people, or develops a clitch....lol.

Voted up and very interesting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Lesley, yup, we could all do with these little helpers in our homes (and in our holiday caravans as well) :o)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jools, I so need one of these little fellas!

A super fun read, voted up thank you!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

teaches12345, I would take no convincing at all - as long as I don't have to do the work, it's all 'gud!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I can't believe it.. my hubby was just trying to talk me into one of these. Now, I will have to consider his thoughts. Good post and very informative. Voted up.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Rajan, thanks for your comment. If I had to pick, I would have a robot which did my ironing for me because I hate it!


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Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

Hehehe... I want one... no I want an army of them, doing everything from the garden to the housework, even cooking dinner! lol (I may get bored... nah!). Thanks, great hub, all the votes, Jen


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting hub. I'm aware of some robotic floor cleaners that vacuumn and then wet mop the floor. These tiny flat ones go beneath the funiture and really do a good job.

The lawn robot is a wonderful invention though very expensive for now.

Voted up, useful, interesting and shared this hub.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Nell, yes, so do I :o), I think it is only a matter of time before it will be de rigeur to have a bot doing something for your home. I like your idea for a 'moan bot' - she/he just listens to us whingeing and nods frequently - nice work if you can get it. Many thanks for commenting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mary, many thanks for your comment - only fair to middlin' eh? I still like the idea of a bot instead of me doing it but would it make me tidy up after it? (which I would prefer not to do), that would defeat the object.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Victoria, Ga-Ga Bot IS the bot from the Jetsons, Rosie the Robot, well spotted! I HATE housework but since I gave up work last Friday, I will now have a lot more time to do it :o(


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Ah, to be Jane Jetson! In the meantime the iRobt Roomba's can be gotten for $300 or less. They do a fair to middlin job but better than not vacuuming at all! They do stop at the edge of rugs...they come with little sensors you can place where you don't want them to go...the future is Now!

Great hub with immense interest for all people who hate to vacuum (and other household chores).

Voted up, funny, and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi jools, yes I want all of them! haha! one for the cooking, can't be worse than me! one for cleaning and the other one to moan at as no one takes any notice of me! lol! cheers nell


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

There are too many other fun things in life to do! And not so fun things we have to do. I'm with you--I hate housework. I'll be glad when we can get a robotic maid! :-) Great hub!

Isn't the Ga Ga Bot the one like was on The Jetsons?


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

mhatter99, yes,someday......soon I hope!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Patty, Hi! I think it is only a matter of time before we are all supping cocktails out in our garden whilst our work is being done by one of our 'little helpers' - I bet we give them all names....don't do it, you will get too attached...what if they blow a fuse..... :o)


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Someday... someday... meanwhile, back on earth, great work. thanks


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

This is a Funny hub!!! I would love the vacuum robots as well as the robots that clean the floor!! Great Hub!!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

JCEvans - I could even be tempted by a cooking robot if it cooked Italian, French, Indian, Mexican and American food for me! Many thanks for your comment.


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jcevans2009 4 years ago from Boise, ID

Yep, I always put off vacuuming as long as possible so that I can write. A housework robot would definitely be welcome, although I'd still want to do the cooking!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Josh, glad I made someone laugh today - I spent so much time on my laptop that I did no cleaning today :o) Many thansk Josh for your comment.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

My pleasure, Jools! :) It was a great read. :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Terrye - I agree - "Bots Away...." and we can write and be happy without houseworkin our lives. Many thansk, as always, for your comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, yes, the Jetsons video is fun isn't it? Many thanks for your comment. I don't usually do the weekly topic thingie but I thought I'd give it a try this time and maybe take a slightly off-kilter approach to it.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mary, I am also a fellow vacuuming hater - I only move the furniture about once a month....bone idle! Many thanks for your comment.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Agreed with the others that this was hilarious Julie. I especially loved the clip of Rosie from the Jetsons. I too would love a Robot to do my daily chores, believe me who wouldn't. Great article and have of course voted and shared too.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I would love to have a 'bot to do all the mundane chores like dishes, laundry, sweeping, etc so that I have more time to WRITE! and live. Great job, Jools! Loved it! :)


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Julie,

Hilarious hub, thanks for the laugh! :) Yes, I would love a robot for my home! Maybe it could respond to some hubs for me while I write my own hubs. LOL :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I would love to have one of those robotic vacuum cleaners. I just can't afford one. I hate to vacuum. I'm too lazy to move the furniture to do a good job, and then I feel bad cause I didn't move the furniture.

Good Hub. I have to admit: I didn't watch your video, Female Robot Sex Toys, but I liked the other.

I voted this UP, etc.etc.

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