The 2021 virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) revealed many home service robots that will change the way consumers go about their daily lives. These home service robots can provide multiple functions such as handling everyday chores, security monitoring, and even regulating consumers’ screen time.
Home service bot context
At the 2021 CES, Samson introduced two robots, including Bot Care, with an artificial intelligence (AI) companion to monitor and improve users’ behavior. For example, Bot Care could provide users with timely reminders of meetings and excessive screen time. The other new bot, Handy, can use AI sensors to handle objects, including fragile items like glassware. For example, Handy can efficiently load a dishwasher, set a dinner table, and even pour a glass of wine in its CES demonstration.
There’s also Samsung’s “smart” robotic vacuum cleaner that uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology to find its way around homes. Users can schedule cleanings through an app or use the bot’s camera to check in for safety purposes. Roborock S7, Samsung’s advanced robot cleaning device, comes with mopping features in addition to vacuuming, offering users high-scrub settings up to three thousand per minute.
In a convenience-oriented world, home service bots will likely see growing demand among multiple demographics of consumers. More companies will likely release comparable home service bots with highly customizable features, tackling an ever-wider array of household tasks and chores, potentially creating an extremely competitive market. As the market grows, there will likely be more demand for home service bots that can perform almost every task in the house.
However, these home service bots will not stay limited to household chores. For example, numerous companies are developing robots that can help with repetitive precision tasks in the workplace. Developers could also potentially build bots with algorithms that can recognize, print, and file documents to assist employees with grunt work (or, ironically, even work as office assistants in their remote-home offices, i.e., workplace bots returning to serve people inside their homes).
Applications of home service bots
Applications of home service bots may include:
- Reducing the market for conventional cleaning companies and contractors, leading to a loss of jobs for maids and cleaners.
- Assisting the elderly and the disabled with household tasks.
- Potentially serving as a short-term sitter for children or pets while parents run errands outside the home.
- Enhancing domestic security by integrating with monitoring systems, reducing the need for dedicated security cameras.
Questions to comment on
- Do you think there are privacy concerns that developers need to address before making home service bots available in stores?
- Can home service bots become effective enough to replace traditional ways of performing household chores?