Automation for the Home - Buy A Robot To Clean Your House
Put Your Feet Up And Start Up Your New Best Friend
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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