At the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, Aeolus Robotics presented their latest development – a child-sized robot that can perform a number of household cleaning tasks without any help from humans. At the demonstration, the Aeolus Robot was able to mop, pick up toys from the floor, move furniture, and dispense drinks from a refrigerator, according to a report from the Washington Post.
According to the company, when the still unnamed robot reaches the market, each model will be connected to a network of the other robots. As each one uses machine learning to acquire information about its environment, it will share that information with the network, allowing the robots to learn collectively over time.
Alexander Huang, the company’s global chief executive, said:
“This is the first multi-functional robot that can act like a human being. Right now it’s like a child, but we will continue to grow its capability so that it grows from a child to an adult. The more people that use the robot, the stronger it becomes.”
The robot will be able to associate specific objects with individuals whose faces it has memorized, returning them to the correct closet or dresser in the house. Along with its abilities to make subtle differentiations between objects such as a bagel and a donut, it can distinguish between the faces of different members of the household.
“You can say, ‘Hey, my room is clean now robot, so please remember this next time you clean and put all my things back in these exact same spots. The robot will also remember where you left things, so your grandmother can say, ‘Please find my glasses for me,’ and the robot will go and fetch your grandmother’s glasses.”
Huang also described how the robot would be useful for the elderly in other ways. Using “posture recognition,” the robot can tell whether a person suffered a fall or a seizure, and can respond accordingly to get help in such emergencies.
By integrating with services like Alexa or Google Home, it can also provide an alternative for elderly users who may be overwhelmed by using a wider variety of gadgets like computers and mobile devices.
“We think this robot would add a lot of value to the elderly. Imagine the robot fetching things for them, carrying heavy objects and helping them communicate with their children and grandchildren,” said Huang.