Saturday, March 20, 2010

Home Assistant Robot is Real Life Rosie

Everyone has thought about the glorious possibilities of a servant bot ever since they watched Maid in Manhattan and Bicentennial Man in a single sitting, then later got the plot lines confused. But you won’t have to do any more difficult imagining, friends, because the robot of your laziest dreams is now within reach.
Joint research between Toyota and the University of Tokyo has yielded the “Home Assistant Robot”. Five cameras and six lasers let HAR see your horrid mess of a living environment and clean it up. The bot can open and close doors, do laundry, mop floors, put away dishes, and do general tidying. The robot can “learn” to a degree as well, comparing a dirty room to what it should look like, and performing the necessary cleaning. HAR lasts 30 to 60 minutes on a charge. But all that sweet robotry will set you back…about $10,000. Should be available in the next decade. Cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool, sloth ftw.

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