Holiday Robot Video Rundown

If you’re my age, you grew up with the Jetson’s promise that by the year 2000 we would have amazing things like flying cars, moon colonies, and robot butlers. We didn’t get them.

Okay, it’s true that we have an amazing communication network that nobody could have predicted. But, come on, is that really as cool as the other stuff? okay, okay, if a moon colony were established tomorrow, I probably wouldn’t move there until I can get a house near a lake. And the day everyone gets flying cars is the day the ground is littered with the burning remains of mid-air collisions. But robots are different. We are living in the future, so why aren’t there more amazing robots to do our household chores? At the very least, I think we should all get some robots for Christmas. Here are my picks.

Everybody knows the Roomba, and it continues to amaze me that something that something that was once in a Ray Bradbury story (“There Will Come Soft Rains”) is now swiftly becoming ubiquitous in America. Plus, that commercial with the people dancing the robot was really cool.

 

If you think that’s cool, there’s a group in South Korea working on a robot, Mahru-Z, that can do household chores just like Rosie the robot maid in the Jetson’s. Here’s a vid of Mahru fetching tea and toast… with a lack of grace that makes C-3PO look like Captain America. But, hey, it’s coming along.

 

But for those of you who want a little more firepower in your home robot, there’s the Kuratas, a million-plus-dollar personal mecha suit. Yes, you can actually buy this, and you have to see it to believe it!

You can customize your model, and prices start at only 1.3 million USD. Please, Santa, please! I’ve been good all year and I promise not to fire the water missiles in the house!

About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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2 Responses to Holiday Robot Video Rundown

  1. ...the rich says:

    Yes, I want a Kuratas, but my ticket didn’t win the other day.
    Still, it’s fun to think about.
    The Roomba kinda reminds me of that scene from FIFTH ELEMENT, where Zorg pushes the glass off his desk and a whole squad of small robots come out and perform their little cleanup ballet. Maybe I should get one.

    Oh, you have the dance video twice above (no Korean tea robot).

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