by Maggie Tillman, Contributing Editor at Pocket-link; December 2, 2021.
If you're anything like us, you probably can't wait for the day you can go to the store and easily (and cheaply) buy a robot to clean your house, wait on you and do whatever you want.
We know that day is a long way off, but technology is getting better all the time. In fact, some high-tech companies have already developed some pretty impressive robots that make us feel like the future is here already. These robots aren't super-intelligent androids or anything - but hey, baby steps.
We've rounded up real-life robots you can check out right now, with the purpose of getting you excited for the robots of tomorrow.
Robear is a high-tech teddy designed to lift an elderly patient from a bed into a wheelchair.
Robear comes from Toshiharu Mukai, a scientist who leads the Robot Sensor Systems Research Team at the Riken-SRK Collaboration Center for Human-Interactive Robot Research. Robear is the team's third robot bear.
Spot is just one of many different robots created by Boston Dynamics. He's smaller than the first-generation LS3 Big Dog, but just as capable.
Spot is a 73kg electrically-powered and hydraulically-actuated robot that can walk, trot, climb, and take a kick and stay standing. Here's hoping Google adapts it for use by everyone soon.
If you like the look of Spot but want something more affordable then you'll like the look of the Xiaomi CyberDog.
This is a quadruped robot capable of moving as fast as 3.2 meters per second. It's capable of object motion tracking, creating real-time maps, avoiding obstacles as it moves and more.
CyberDog is powered by Nvidia’s Jetson Xavier A.I. platform so it's got some serious intelligence under the hood too. Yours for just 9,999 Chinese yuan (about $1,540).
MoRo can move around indoors and outdoors, handle objects ranging from tissues to water bottles, and listen to voice commands. It's about 4-feet tall and weighs 77 pounds. It also has a flame retardant ABS case and about an 8-hour battery life. Unfortunately, it costs a whopping $30,000.
Moley Robotic kitchen
If you're not a fan of cooking, then this next one might be for you. The Moley Robotic kitchen is, as you might expect, a fully-automated cooking robot that can cook for you.
This robot is apparently capable of learning new recipes, cooking a variety of different meals and even cleans up after itself. Moley Robotics claim this kitchen robot can even mimic the skills of a full-blown master chef enabling it to craft world-class meals just for you. Sounds amazing, doesn't it?
Pillo is a robot that's designed to help with healthcare and well-being around the home. This robot offers a number of different functions including dispensing medication throughout the day, helping with monitoring of care plans, tracking food intake and much more.
This robot features a touch-screen, voice interface, facial recognition and premium speakers, making it a powerful assistant for the home and the perfect tool for looking after your loved ones.
Aeolus is a general-purpose consumer robot designed to help around the house with various chores. This robot is capable of delivering food, picking up clutter from around the home, finding things you've lost and more. Aeolus also boasts Artificial Intelligence that helps it learn about your life, routine and layout of your home - improving how it serves you in future.
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