Friday, October 19, 2012

Finally, a Robot that Folds Your Laundry

Willow Garage personal robots
This one's for Kelly, Shelley, and all of my other friends who wish they had a robot to fold their laundry. I see topic this pop up in my Facebook stream on a regular basis. Well ladies (sorry, I've never seen guys share this desire), it already exists. Check out this laundry-folding robot.

A few months ago I caught the end of a story on personal robot purveyors, Willow Garage, on NPR and I was fascinated. You may already have robots in your home in the form of a rice cooker or vacuum cleaner, but Willow Garage's personal robots are more akin to Rosie from the Jetsons.

I'm guessing it's going to be a decade or more before these kind of robots trickle down to affluent, cutting-edge consumers and another decade or so to reach mainstream consumers. This means those kids making messes in our homes today might be designing and programming the household assistants of tomorrow.

Watch this video to see a robot clean up after a party and also gain an understanding of some of the challenges of programming a household robot.

Imagine that one day you have a robot and when you're exhausted from watching it do all the housework, grab a beer have the robot grab you a beer and relax!

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  1. Awesome! I need a robot, or 2 or 3!

  2. I want a couple of those! That is just too neat.


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