Now that our technological level has progressed as far as it has, the greatest amount of work is being put into the field of robotics as it directly pertains to home automation and the improvement of technology which already exists in a household. Robotics are seeing a lot of changes, since their technology and goods are more involved than other forms of home automation. Having the ability to sense what is happening on a number of levels, and then tailor responses based on that. The idea behind robots and the associated technology (including motion systems), is to create a home where technology is so integrated into the fabric of everyday life that it becomes unremarkable, and it becomes usual.
The delivery company Just Eat has recently announced that they are going to begin using robots to better serve their customers in the Greenwich area; rather than using human drivers as they have done in the past, they will use robots, which will hopefully be more efficient.
Using robots for food delivery allows for a number of changes. The way in which using robots in food delivery works is to make it more efficient, as robots are quicker than humans in the vast majority of cases, and are easier on the overheads of a company for other reasons too.
Tv lift mechanisms have been part of home automation for a very long time, although it was the invention of particular pieces of equipment which made them popular (and easier to install). TV lifts have changed the way in which space is used in a home, because instead of simply having a TV in a certain space, the TV can be lifted and moved with ease. Doubling the available amount of space in a home is useful, but robotics has the potential to make it even more so.
Where linear actuators could be used to control TV and chair lifts before (representing a significant advantage over the old methods of producing movement), the main problem was that they still had to be controlled from an outside source. Robotics have sensors inbuilt which can be used to ‘see’ or ‘feel’ when someone is about to approach (though this would work better with a chair lift). This way, rather than having to manually or electronically manipulate the chair from outside, robotics will allow the chair to move of its own volition to best suit the person who is about to sit in it.
Watching children can be a hard task, and while home automation had several ways to help parents and make the tasks and easier, robotics is something which can improve the situation. Robots are under development which can move around to watch children, and which can also interact with them on an age-appropriate level.
Using these robots to watch children is something which may revolutionise childcare, as they can be keyed for different processes, and can also use their sensors to be keyed to specific children through recognising their voices, among other things. Robots which can actually engage with children are particularly useful as they can function as more than simply a system for keeping watch; they can also take on some of the role of teaching and guiding children while they grow and learn about the world around them.