Rise of the Android Servants
Last week I reported on the battalion of robots heading to CES 2011. Chief among them was the HAL exo-suit from Cyberdyne. But prototype Space Marine armor isn't the end-all-be-all of robotics. A handful of new robots have just confirmed their CES attendance.
Dreambots are bringing their WheeMe massaging robot. It is a tiny wheeled truck looking thing that basically drives up and down your body acting as a masseuse. It uses its four gripping wheels and a finger-like attachment to get the job done. At just $49, this robot slave is affordable for almost everyone. I can't speak to the quality of its work, but the idea is neat enough to draw my attention.
Meanwhile, Innovo Labs has an android dinosaur named the Pleo rb. It is based on a Camarasaurus and is designed to be one of those computerized smartpets. It'll mimic emotions, have a limited memory and pretty much act the same as any other robo-animal. But the Pleo rb is a dinosaur, which automatically makes it 400% cooler than all other competing products.
We've already got a vacuuming robot in the Roomba. And now Ilshim Global Company has a window-washing bot to work alongside it. It holds water, detergent and scrubbing pads. This bot actually comes in two parts, held together by magnets. Stick one half on either side and Windoro will get to work.
MamiRobot USA and Metapo will both bring vacuum-droids to CES 2011. The former has been making robo-maids since 2003. The latter has a CleanMate robot cleaner that shoots UV light to deodorize and kill bacteria. So that's vacuuming, dusting, window washing, back massages and raising your children- all handled by robots in 2011.