Why do Humans want Domestic Robots
Ever since robots first appeared in works of science fiction in the early twentieth century, successive generations of people have dreamed about the possibility of ‘consumer’ or ‘domestic’ robots such as ROSIE, the robotic maid in ‘The Jetsons’, taking the drudgery out of everyday life. So, why do humans want Domestic Robots?
Industrial robots have long been employed for tasks such as assembly, machining, packaging and transportation, but domestic robots are designed to perform specific tasks within the home. Recent surveys suggest that most people would like a domestic robot to assist with dull, repetitive tasks such as cleaning and ironing.
It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that the first commercially available domestic robots were floor-cleaning robots. These robots follow a series of pre-programmed instructions but are also equipped with multiple sensors that collect environmental data and send it to a central processing unit, so that the robot can react ‘intelligently’ to it.
Domestic Robots do exist but the current robots are made specifically for one task only and cannot be used for other everyday household activities. Some simple machines that they are used for include floor cleaners, lawn mowers, swimming pool cleaner and telepresence. Slightly more ambitious desired tasks include acting as a personal assistant, a home security guard or a baby sitter.
Although a domestic robot would be popular in the home, there are currently many barriers which prevent them being used in the home such as capability, safety and expense.