Robots are knocking on your door: Will you let them in?

Rainne Mendoza

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You just had a grueling eight hours at work and fantasizing about the comfy couch in your living room waiting to cradle your tired body when you get home.

Sweet, right?

You get excited as you clock out, remembering you have leftover pizza in the fridge and some cold refreshing drinks in the cooler perfect for a stay-in weeknight.

Unfortunately, your responsibilities do not end when you leave the office.

The dirty dishes are still in the sink unattended, the laundry’s piled up in the hamper ready to be washed or taken to the cleaners, and the floor needs to be swept to get rid of dust, lint and pet hair courtesy of your hyperactive puppy Scooby.

No worries, though.

In our modern world where technology is king, life has gotten much easier.

Now you can just pop the dishes in the dishwasher, turn on the robot vacuum cleaner to sweep the floor, load your laundry in the washing and drying machines, warm your pizza in the microwave oven, adjust the thermostat, and choose the best lighting that suits your mood, before finally relaxing on the couch, all through the simple process of pushing buttons or commanding your artificial intelligence (AI) home devices.

And it only takes a few seconds to accomplish.

Hello Friendly, Helpful Robots

Back in the day, most people thought of robots as humanoid machines with special capabilities, either helping us humans or waging wars against Earth in make-believe sci-fi and other fantasy worlds. Think R2-D2 and C3PO, and of course, the faceless Droids from the Star Wars franchise.

Over time, science has successfully developed robots that primarily function for military and industrial purposes. Recently, the commercial industry has dove in, tapping into the opportunity to use robots in supplementing manpower in businesses.

Honda introduced its famous robot named Asimo in 2000 in line with the company’s goal to create functional robots that will coexist with humans, fulfilling the same tasks such as cooking, doing errands, cleaning the house, and even doing homework.

In California, burger chain Caliburger recently employed a robot called Flippy to help out in the kitchen by flipping burgers.

Robots Especially Built for Your Home

With the introduction of smart home gadgets such as Roomba by iRobot which helps in cleaning the floors without human intervention through its intelligent programming, many companies have started developing smart home devices and made them commercially available for the regular consumers.

Most of the time, these smart robots are powered by AI and do not necessarily have the stereotypical humanoid form. Think Alexa, Siri, Nest and other products programmed to accomplish basic tasks as commanded by their users.

The Role of Startups

Startups play a big role in developing smart home robots.

In their quest to change the way we live, budding entrepreneurs invest time and resources to come up with the best products to introduce in the market.

Do you want to take care of your pets even when you’re away?

Startups have already thought about that problem and provided solutions.

With the use of smart apps, pet-friendly gadgets such as Petcube Camera and Kittyo’s virtual pet helper, among many others, will get your pets active and entertained even when they’re home alone or far away from where you are.

How about taking your heavy load of laundry to the washing area without lifting your laundry basket and potentially breaking your back?

Startup company Amazeland has the solution for that.

Laundry Lite is a smart laundry hamper paired with a mobile app that will enable you to remote-control your hamper to glide its way to the laundry or washing area. If you live in an apartment where you have to navigate your way in and out through flights of stairs and hallways, that would be awesome.

Robots for a better home?

The world is changing rapidly as technology progresses.

By creating smart home robots, entrepreneurs are giving us the opportunity to cope with our hectic lifestyles and bring that much-needed balance in our lives.

Now we don’t have to worry as much about getting some of our basic responsibilities at home taken care of even while we’re busy juggling our jobs, businesses, family, friends, hobbies, and social life.

And as for you, with the help of smart robots taking over your home duties, you get to enjoy the luxury of picking which side of the couch to camp on while enjoying your pizza and cold beverage tonight, and every night going forward, until you get tired of it.


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