The robots are coming. In 2014 we saw some of the most advanced robots in both homes and businesses, on land and sea and from the battlefield to space.
They're not looking to take over, but to work alongside us; making our jobs and lives easier, or at least more entertaining. We'll take a closer look in our 2014 robot review.
Best robots 2014: Pepper
One of the robots were most impressed with this year is Pepper. Equipped with an array of audio, visual and tactile sensors, Pepper is 120 centimeters tall or about 4 feet and weighs about 28 kg. It has two arms and rolls around on a wheeled base, with a lithium-ion battery that can power it for at least 12 hours. It will go on sale in Japan in February with a base price of about 1900 US dollars. We saw Pepper employed in a number of jobs around Tokyo this year. It was at the Softbank store for the iPhone 6 launch and later in the year it was helping sell Nescafe coffee machines.
Using voice and facial recognition, Pepper is supposed to be able to read people's emotions and respond accordingly. It's not perfect, but developers said it will get better with time.
Best robots 2014: Dyson 360-eye
While Pepper might not be able to help out around the house this new robot can and it's bringing some stiff competition to a company synonymous with household robotics. High end vacuum maker Dyson is looking to steal away market share from iRobot's Roomba. Dyson's 360-eye robot uses infrared sensors and a 360 degree camera to map out its environment while cleaning. It will go on sale in Japan in the first half of 2015 for about a thousand US dollars and elsewhere later in the year.
Best robots 2014: on the Quantum of the Seas
From land to sea and our next robot that can make you a drink while floating on the ocean. It all happens in the bionic bar on Royal Caribbean's new ship the Quantum of the Seas. After inputting your order on a tablet, the two Kuka robots get to work.
While it may seem like these two robots could easily put an army of bartenders out of work, that's not the case. Two bartenders are standing by to help customers and answer questions about the bots.
From your evening cocktail to your morning coffee this robot on from Japan's Kawada Industries goes through a methodical process of preparing a cup of Joe. Like the robotic bartender, the barista isn't something coming to your regular coffee bar soon, but is more of what is possible with robotics and a little ingenuity.
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