The robots are taking over.
Not in the T-1000 Terminator sort of way, but in a Rosie from “The Jetsons” sort of way.
As technology advances, more and more domestic robots are hitting the marketplace, and the odds that they’ll find their way into every home are increasing.
Here are five household robots that you just might not be able to live without.
iRobot, the same company that brought you the Roomba, has upped their game. They’ve created something very similar to the Roomba, but it covers a task far more tedious than vacuuming – scrubbing floors. The Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot is pricey at $599.99, but it features an impressive three-cycle cleaning process. It pre-soaks and scrubs the floor and even finishes up with a squeegee to remove up to 99.3% of common household bacteria. Buy this one, and your knees will thank you.
Sure, vacuuming and floor scrubbing can be a pain, but at least they’re not dangerous like cleaning gutters. The Looj 330 is a home robot that can potentially save you from a broken bone – or at least dirty fingernails. This gutter-cleaning robot can also save you from having to constantly climb and reposition the ladder. Simply plop this device into your gutters, and it’ll take care of the rest.
There aren’t many household chores that are worse than cleaning gutters, but cleaning the litter box is definitely one of them. Luckily, there’s the Litter Robot. This nifty contraption self-cleans after each use to reduce litter box odor, and the company claims it’ll also save you money because less litter is wasted. Bonus: It comes in a cardboard box that your cat will find much more impressive than the robot itself.
Finally, an interactive toy robot companion that’s not as creepy as the Furby! (If you don’t think the Furby is creepy, look up what it looks like without fur.) Robotics company Anki seems to have created a real life Wall-E in Cozmo. Not only does this “game playing machine” know your name and recognize your face, but each one also develops a unique personality the more you play with it. Cozmo hits shelves in October and will likely be one of the most sought after holiday toys.
If you’re interested in a robot that’s less laborer and more personal assistant, look no further. Like any good assistant, Zenbo goes above and beyond. Zenbo also provides entertainment and companionship to family members of all ages. This “smart little companion” is capable of reading a book to a child and can even assist senior citizens when they fall. Zenbo will retail for $599 and will be released within the next 12 months.
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