Smart devices for the home are nothing new. Human nature forces us to find better, smarter solutions for life’s problems. Why waste time, energy and resources if there is a more effective, efficient approach. Besides, smart devices aren’t the first major development here. Robots in our homes are the way of the future.
Electrification and programming turned manual jobs or chores into mechanical products. Developers talk about the rise of domotics, or home automation, meaning robotics for domestic chores around the home. This is the next step in the history of the smart, efficient home.
In 2016, a group of researchers released a theory on the three generations of home automation as part of a paper titled; “Sustainable Smart Home and Home Automation: Big Data Analytics Approach”. The 3 generations include:
- First Generation: wireless technology with a proxy server for basic automated tasks.
- Second Generation: AI devices that control other electronics such as home hubs and smart thermostats like the latest Nest & ecobee thermostats.
Robots now come in many shapes and sizes, for many functions. There are cute ones, and there are serious ones. There are ones with important roles in defense and healthcare, and there are strippers and hitchhikers and with no real purpose.
Then there are all the humanoids, bears, dogs and other creatures in between that are trying to use robotics to help. The breath of robotics allows companies to continue developing robots that really can make a difference.…