A recent visit showcasing the history of Robots at the Science Museum in London shows its history and there is no doubt how far we have come in recent decades. The look of disappointment on my five year old daughter tells you how far we still have to go.
For all the hype around robots and artificial intelligence, the results are still not much better than a smart assistant shaped like a robot.
Today the real advances in the mainstream market are single purpose robots but for the early adopters we aren’t far away from generalised robots.
Spun out of Sphero, the team behind the Star Wars BB8 droid (see photo) believe this to be the case and are spinning out Misty Robots as a result.
Reminiscent of Microsoft’s motto of a computer in every home, its CEO Tim Enwall said he believed there will be a robot in everyone’s home and office.
They are not the only ones though. Somewhat larger in scale and throwing plenty of money around to build out their robotics capabilities, Softbank has Pepper and NAO two robots that eventually will have generalised capability in the home. Today though, it is mostly used by businesses and researchers. As an individual you can only buy Pepper in Japan and NAO cannot even be bought.