When I was growing up, one of the coolest robots I knew of was Judy from The Jetsons. She was so helpful and always accomplished her tasks with amazing speed. And yet, she was there to help on and emotional level as well. The robots of today have come along a way in the past 5-10 years. Imagining the day where I could have my very own “Judy” robot might not be so far away. Today we are going to explore the lighter side of today’s robotic revolution.
Whether robots come in the form of self-driving cars, hover boards or surgical assistants, robots are here to increase the ease and quality of our lives. We all have our personal opinions on what constitutes as a robot. You might be thinking a robot looks like the one in the movie Terminator. Or maybe you’re thinking robots are crazy big machines. But what about drones? Remote control race cars? Or even your kids toy that you’re thinking of buying for Christmas. All of these robots, in some way or another, have improved our lives.
Let’s take a look at some of the most useful and practical robots that highlight the lighter, less scary, side of the today’s robotic revolution.
The RC 4WD Snow Blower Robot: We live in Utah and it snow’s a lot. If you’re like me, you hate getting up in the morning only to notice that you need to shovel your driveway. This robot, not only removes the snow, it devours the snow. It makes the snow feel bad for landing on your driveway. Do I even need to ask if this robot is useful?
The iRobot Roomba 880: The original robo-vac and it keeps getting better. I hate vacuuming. It’s loud and an overall hassle. This robot definitely improves the lives and quality of the people who own one. Not only will this little robot save you time, you never have to worry if the battery is charged. It automatically returns to its charging dock and charges itself between cleanings. How cool is that?
The Moley MK1001: Your personal robot chef. Look at this picture. I mean everything you need to know about this product is in the name. It is a your very own robotic personal chef. Imagine how much time and energy you would save if you were fortunate enough to own one of these amazing robots.
The Humanoid Robot HRP-4: Now this is the kind of robot that might make you a little weary of robots. This robot was designed to assist or replace human operations or behavior. Wait, don’t turn off your computer and run to hid under your bed quite yet. I want you to think of this robot as the closest thing we have today to Judy from the Jetsons. Just take a second and imagine what you might have this robot do for you. Run to the fridge and get you a soda so you don’t miss any action of the big game. Dry the dishes. Wash your car. Dust the cabinets or drawers. Basically, don’t discredit this robot. It could become the most useful thing you own.
Robots don’t have to be viewed as these things that are going to take over the planet. Fact is, most of use robots every day and are perfectly fine with it. The lighter side of the robotics revolution that we live in is simple. They help us get from one place to another quicker. They help us in our homes and offices. Ultimately, these robots will help us take innovation to new levels and improve the world we live in.
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