Taking the Drudgery out of Housework with Robots
There are robots now that are taking the drudgery out of housework. These helpful maids could be the way of the future. However, their ability to do what we consider simple tasks takes some pretty ingenious programming to accomplish but an awesome team from the University of California, Berkeley, have been able to write a computer program that means one robot, the PR2, was able to fold towels. It took him 25 minutes to complete the task! But if you left PR2 in the house while you did your thing does it really matter how long he takes - at least he wont be complaining or giving you backchat over the chores you set him?
The YouTube clip below was speeded up to show what is achievable.
And check out the University of Berkley team again with this robot pairing socks! Not only does he put them in pairs but his style is hilarious - a maid that does the job and at the same time will entertain you! Also, don't miss the reference to shining up the dowel at the end of the clip.
The robot in this picture was developed in Japan and can do all household tasks. Called Kojiro, he was developed by JSK Robot Laboratory of Tokyo University, and has artificial intelligence which enables him to learn the way people walk. Made with a "skeletal structure" similar to a human's, he can move almost naturally and bend his body using his spine.
Perhaps these Robots are the men's answer to the feminist revolt against housework - if you can't get a woman to do housework anymore, build a robot to do the dirty work!
Many robots, of course. are not the "humanoid" variety but just look like a disc that can sense and avoid bumping into walls and furniture.
Quite a few robot vacuum cleaners fit this description. Check out our next little hardworking maid - the Roomba - no not Zumba but he's a pretty fit little guy and can double as a babysitter!