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Taking the Drudgery out of Housework with Robots

Updated on December 31, 2010

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!


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      5 years ago

      I can't wait until I can buy a robot to do the housework, yardwork, and does anyone think I can get it to feed and clean up after my animals, just dogs, cats, a herd of horses. Boy would that be a dream come true, a whole staff to maintain my home and land and all of them robots

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      7 years ago

      My next hub will be on body language in household robots - it is a very specialized niche with a growing client base. LOL

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      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Wow. I didn't notice the head tilt. Fascinating!

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Interesting observation Nicomp I checked it out again after reading your commment and noticed the head is on a lean too - I wonder if that kind of obsequious tilt is a permanent feature in the master-slave relationship between the owner and the robot!

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      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      It is an interesting commentary on us and on the developers that they felt the need to put a face on the humanoid robots.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      thanks for dropping by Eileen! hAPPY xMAS AND nEW yEAR!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Its amazing what can be done with robots. They are fascinating too. I wrote and article on a lawnmowing one they appear to be a good idea too. thanks for sharing this.

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      7 years ago

      thanks for dropping in Shades - have a happy Christmas and New Year

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      7 years ago from California

      We have a vacuum and a mop version of the discs, and my wife used them for a while, but they sort of are more hassle than they are worth, and they're loud. But the Kojiro robot, looks very cool. (LOL at the one sorting the socks. That was funny).


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