The future is here: a home robot that brings you beer
Just imagine it: you open your eyes as the rooster crows, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee is already in the air. You get home to an empty house but a delicious hot dinner is on the table. You head to the fridge but a cold beer is already heading your way. Welcome to the future of your dreams – where a particularly smart home robot happily does all the dirty work.
It sounds unlikely, but futuristic apartment living is already well on the way to your place thanks to this new and not-too-unaffordable robot that’s just about to hit the market.
Days ago at the huge consumer electronics tech show in Las Vegas, the San Francisco-based makers of the amazing Aeolus ‘robot maid’ said the ultimate domestic helper that never gets tired of mopping, tidying and fetching will be on the market by the end of 2018.
In that famous cinematic vision of 2001, Hal declared: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” But the artificial intelligence of 2018 will declare no such disappointing news. Say: “Hal, be a darl and put the dishes away” – and it shall be done in a way an object the size and weight of an average 12-year-old has never done it before.
How is this all possible? You’ll need to thank Aeolus’ developers Alexander Huang and Dan Oblinger for the exciting and cute robot news, who between them have amassed decades of experience working for industry leaders HP, Microsoft and IBM.
What they’ve come up with is a robot big and strong enough to rearrange the furniture in the lounge – and if you forget to put away the washing, it will get it done even without you asking (or reminding it where the undies drawer is).
But instead of trying to save the world, it just wants to make life a little easier.
Feeling sleepy just before you get behind the wheel? Aeolus’ unnamed robot with facial expression detection capabilities simply wants you to be safe. Going away for the weekend? Hal will watch over your valuable house for you. Lost your keys? Ask Aeolus’ amazing robot maid, and it’ll almost certainly dash off to fetch them. Does Aeolus detect an elderly or vulnerable person slumped motionless on the floor? It will check they’re ok, just to be sure.
Or it’ll just fold the laundry. Or bring you a donut – not the similar-looking bagel. It’s just that smart.
As for the price, Aeolus’ robot will be pretty pricey. Cagey Aeolus execs say it will cost about the same as a decent overseas family holiday (think 20 grand and upwards for now), but the idea is that as the technology matures, robot maids like this will not only become more accessible for the average household, but even smarter as well.
Getting excited about the home robot of the very near future? Here are just 5 of the many other things the exciting Aeolus creation is able to do:
- Brings you your glasses – no matter where you are, or where you left them.
- Depending on the mess, uses your existing mop or vacuum cleaner to make your house sparkle.
- Chats with your Google Home or Amazon Alexa setups.
- Detects when fire or other emergencies are endangering your family and calls for help.
- Gets smarter by learning and by receiving cloud updates based on what other Aeolus home robots around the world are learning.
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