Household, Vacuum Cleaning, Lawn Mowing, Pool Cleaning, Personal Assistant, Toy & Educational Robots / Tokyo Japan / 2017
There is a renewed vigor in robotics today around consumer robots, with the long-existing markets like vacuum cleaners and toy robots seeing fresh innovations using AI, which make these robots smarter, and much more autonomous. Initially restricted to research labs, humanoid robots are emerging as a new segment of consumer robots.
These robots do not conform to the classic definitions of humanoid robots, using smart design to represent anthropomorphic features and characteristics. The emergence of crowdfunding platforms and 3D printing is bringing down the barriers that were present before.