Friday, October 7, 2016
Was the Jetsons Cartoon Prophetic? (part 5)
In the Jetsons, Rosie was a household robot maid that served the family. Today, we already see robots in the home such as the Roomba--a robotic, roaming vacuum, or Spykee, a robotic, roving dog that enables the owner to access its mobile webcam and keep an eye on things around the house. For instance, you can log into your robot spy through your smartphone and shout to your dog to get off the couch when you're not at home. There are other robots that have made their way into homes, such as Rockaroo—a robot that will rock your baby for you, Litter Robot LRII--a cat-litter changing robot, Robomow—an electric grass-mowing robot, Nanda Clocky—a robot alarm clock that drives away to get you out of bed in the morning, and even Agent 007—a security robot that patrols your home and monitors your doors and windows, shouting “Freeze, police!” at intruders. These robots aren't nearly as sophisticated as the Jetson's Rosie, but robotics is advancing so fast, it is just a matter of time!