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The Future of Robots in the Home

Where do we stand, where are we headed and what potential hurdles will the industry face in the coming years?
By Andre Gwilliam

What's to Come?
Most homeowners would identify the removal of household chores as their number-one priority for the domestic robotics industry, and there's plenty to come on that front. The continued development of the cleaning robot (the Roomba is already in its sixth generation) is expected, with Dyson investing heavily in automation R&D. Outdoors, Honda is working on its Ai-Miimo lawnmower concept.

Security applications will look to build on the current AI-powered security technology hitting the market now, with American brand Deep Sentinel talking of Minority Report-esque, AI-driven systems that will "predict and disrupt crimes before they occur." While this is mere speculation now, a technology that can combine neural networks, computer vision and deep learning would revolutionize home security and add an extra layer to current home insurance solutions.

Entertainment-wise, the novelty of today's robot toys is likely to wear off quickly as the technology becomes more familiar. Indeed, Anki, the Californian developer of the Wall-E like toy Vector, has just closed its doors for the final time. The home assistant, meanwhile, already has a vast range of capabilities, but offers the potential to carry out complete management of the home as associated smart technology finds its way into houses worldwide.

Essentially, the potential impact is exponential, and a complete IoT-integrated robotics takeover of the household could be closer than we think.

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