Radical advances have been seen in technology for medical science, computing and engineering, and with it has come the rise of robotics. However, over the past few years we have seen robots entering the consumer market and bringing households even more so into the realm of technology.
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Robotics experts are also developing robots that help people with mobility problems, long term illnesses and even the elderly- as well as people who don't have the time to carry out household chores. When taking a closer look at the consumer technology market it is clear that there are robots being created for these people.
A new study conducted by iRobot looked at whether the British public are for or against the rise of robots in the home. It found more than half would want a robot to clean their floors (52%), mow the lawn (39%), and even drive their car (23%). Although only 6% admitted they would want a robot that is able to take care of their children.
Bo Simonsen, a specialist in the consumer robotics market, had this to add:
"It is clear to see from the research that the British public are embracing robotics and can see the ways in which robots can improve their lives.
"Robots can help out with household chores allowing people more time to work or to relax and enjoy their spare time. They will revolutionise the lives of elderly people in particular and enable them to stay in their own homes for longer."
Robots are becoming more and more common in many British industries and the consumer market will continue to utilise robots that assist humans in every day tasks. The future looks vibrant with new inventions that improve the public's lives.
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