I recently had the chance to see an automated machine shop where robots were being used to precisely manufacture many copies of a single part. Similar machines, designed to perform a precise, accurate, and repeatable task, currently make up a large portion of the robotics market. It is fascinating to see what happens when robots leave the factory for everyday environments such as the home. A robot like the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner, which is primarily a utility device, enters into an entirely new dynamic once put into a home setting. People have been found to name and talk…
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