Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Robot maids

The March 2006 issue of Popular Science has a report on Where's My Cool Stuff?  It includes an update on robot maids.  We'd like Rosie (from The Jetsons), but we've only got Roomba.  The article does list what else is available: ZMP's Nuvo, White Box's 914 PC-BOT, and Honda's ASIMO.  ASIMO seems to be the most useful; the others are mostly for entertainment, though Nuvo is also a baby monitor and security device.  Upcoming may be an automated housekeeper using RFID (radio frequency identification) to talk to inanimate objects.  (There's an amusing conversation between the robot and a beverage bottle.)  Other topics include scramjets, videophones, carplanes, and rocket belts.     

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