The international Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018), held last week in Las Vegas, saw the arrival of a new generation of robots for the home which promise to make our life easier. They can assist with housework, accompany the elderly and the children, and even protect the home while the owners are away. Here are the 5 best robots for the family:
The Aeolus Robot is one of the first household robot assistants. Equipped with an agile arm, it is able to move household objects and can recognise and adapt to changing environments. The robot can learn, navigate and complete tasks independently. With several key features and functionalities such as recognition of thousands of items, it can pick up items off the floor and put them away in their proper storage areas. The robot can use a vacuum or a dry mop to clean floors, and continually adapts to unique home layouts and routines. With advanced sensory and biometric technologies, it can recognise and differentiate between family members, the physical living space and household items.
Ubtech Robotics’ Walker is the world’s first commercialised biped (walking on two legs) robot for the consumer market, offering a complete “home butler” service. The robot is designed to provide smart assistance and support across a wide range of people’s daily lives. Activated by voice or via a touch screen, it can perform a variety of functions for the home; including smart home control, video surveillance monitoring, security patrol monitoring, motion detection, instant alarm, video calls/conferencing, real time email integration, calendar/schedule management, playing music and videos and dancing. New functional arms and a variety of interactive control features are being developed.
Better known for its ASIMO humanoid robot, Honda unveiled a family of robots under its new 3E (Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept, which demonstrates the company’s vision of a society where robotics and AI (artificial intelligence) can assist people in a multitude of situations, from disaster recovery and recreation to learning from human interaction to become more helpful and empathetic. The family includes the 3E-A18, a companion robotics concept that shows compassion to humans with a variety of facial expressions; 3E-B18, a chair-type mobility concept designed for casual use in indoor or outdoor spaces; 3E-C18, a small-sized electric mobility concept with multifunctional cargo space; and 3E-D18, an autonomous off-road vehicle concept with AI designed to support people in a broad range of work activities.
With it’s a cheerful and sweet little face to express emotion, the Buddy by Blue Frog Robotics is the companion robot for the family. The fully mobile robot moves with two motorised wheels. With its sensors, cameras, and microphones, the robot is able to hear and speak. It is full of personality and reacts to its environment through a range of expressions (such as happiness, grumpiness, anger or sadness) that allow it to better engage with his family. The robot can help the family with daily tasks, protect the home, entertain the children, and interact with other smart connected devices in the home.
Probably the oldest and best known robot dog in the world, Sony’s Aibo returns this year as the new ERS 1000 model, which the company says will be more like a real dog then ever before. With its fish eye lens cameras, Wi-fi connectivity, and location and mapping software, the robot will learn from its owner, develop its own personality and grow together with its owner as a partner. As it interacts with people over time, Aibo’s behaviour slowly changes and adapts in response to its unique environment. The robot can move along at a total of 22 axes to resemble smooth and natural movements of a dog, with its body language expressed through a combination of voices and eye, ear and tail movements.