Robotic Technology is set to refashion household life, thanks to a large sum of dollars flowing in from tech giants. Movies like ‘I, Robot’, ‘Terminator’, ‘Real Steel’, ‘RoboCop’ have switched on our minds to the limitless potential of Artificial Intelligence in Robotics. While real-life applications of advanced Robots (as shown in these movies) might take some time, there are already many facets where Robots have made human life simpler. Let's have a quick look at the ways in which Robots will change your life forever.
No more family squabbles over who does the work. Housekeeping Robots will do it for you.
There is a series of Housecleaning Robots available in the market starting at around $249. It includes robots that can scrub floors, mop and vacuum.
For example, the ECOVACS Winbot 7 Series is a window cleaning robot that uses a suction mechanism to stay on the glass while cleaning the insides and outsides of windows. The robot relies on two modules to move around glass windows, as it sprays a cleaning detergent into its microfibre pads to clean. So sit back, and relax!
2. Human Counselling
In recent years, we've seen a steep rise in different interactive technologies and new ways of using them to treat sundry mental problems.
Among other things, this includes online, computer-based, and even virtual reality approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy. But what about using robots to provide treatment and/or emotional support?
That is what Counseling Robots are designed to do. It will listen to your complaints, understand your tone and decibels, calm your rage and will warmly embrace you when you cry.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is a leading cause of disability. That is roughly 4.3% of World Population. Imagine the difference these Robots can make.
3. The Educator
Are you having trouble in searching study material for your next big project?
Do you want to learn new skills on the go?
If yes, then this fix is just for you. Robots will soon be able to educate you in any and every field in your convenient hour of the day.
For eg; Tico is a social robot developed by Adele Robots to interact with humans in different environments, primarily promotional events and in education as a helper for teachers.
I personally believe, Home Education will get a huge boost in the years to follow. Keep an eye.
Another such robot is NAO − an interactive, fully programmed humanoid robot that is being continuously improved to cater the demands of education. Its user-friendly programming encourages users to learn subjects such as programming, mathematical theories, principles of physics, electronics and computing sciences.
4. Self Driving Cars
With driverless cars doing the rounds, it won’t be a surprise when Road Accidents will become a thing of the past. Many high-end automobile companies have already released a concept design for a self-driving car.
Self-driving cars also known as Autonomous cars use a number of methods to understand their environments, such as radar, laser light, GPS, odometry and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevant signage.
5. Nursing Robots
Robots have been trained to relax and comfort sick children while they undergo medical procedures.
The RxRobot has facial recognition capability, multiple cameras, and can even speak 20 languages - one smart robot.
Nursing Robots can also be used to take care of the old by giving them medication reminders, analyzing their tone, routine for some abnormalities.
Cristina Costecu and David O. David of Romania's Babes-Bolyai University and Bram Vanderborgt of Vrije Universiteit in Belgium, are focused on how robotics will benefit older adults with medical problems as well as individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For both these populations, robots may well represent a way of providing better and more affordable health care.
6. Shopping Companion
We all fall prey to temptations while shopping and later crib over it. How about a shopping companion who keeps a check on the shopping lists and warns you when you exceed your shopping budget? Well, it can also suggest you what to buy and feedbacks on your choice of clothes.
These robots will be almost humans.
Meet Simon, an upper-torso humanoid robot with a "socially expressive" head. Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Simon can grasp and release objects, clean up a workspace and swivel its eyes so as to interact with humans in ways that feel emotionally and socially authentic.
Think about it!
Japan leads the world in robot technology. Robots are used in restaurant kitchens to make sushi and chop vegetables. They play an important role in food production; planting rice and tending growing crops. Robots also work as receptionists and cleaners, serve drinks and help look after the elderly in care homes.
If you happen to go to Japan, you must visit the Robot Restaurant. Robot Restaurant is a dinner show in Tokyo, Japan’s Shinjuku nightlife district, and features an array of dancers, special effects, and even robots.
8. Life Guards
Sagacious roboticists at the University of California have developed a six-legged robot resembling a cockroach.
Sounds gross right? But hold on. This development might just save your life during an emergency situation. Velociroach, the four-inch-long cardboard-bodied roach is designed in such a way that it can run at a pace covering a distance of 27 times its own body length in a second. With its flexible exoskeleton, it can sprint into almost any tiny space and can find people trapped in cataclysmic natural disasters.
9. From Personal Fitness Coach to Online Pizza Ordering
The technology that aids you to keep a check on your health is the same technology that helps order you a Pizza!
Well, this two-edged technology is all set to change human life forever. With more and more companies adopting this technology, this sector is surely poised for some noteworthy innovation.
In one of her TED talks,
Cynthia Breazeal wonders: Why can we use robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms? The key, she says, is in training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn and play.