No future home will be complete without a personal robot that’s easy to use and can be programmed to meet specific requirements

Rumours that Amazon is currently working on developing an Alexa wheeled robot that can be summoned using voice control surfaced last month, and came as no surprise. The race is on to produce a personal robot that captures consumer imagination in the same way that Alexa did, and proves to be truly useful around the home.

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But while Amazon has not actually confirmed that this is the direction it is moving in next, brands such as Samsung are already blazing a trail.

Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled several robotic innovations, with one – Bot Care – tapping into the trend for self-quantifying, and specialising in helping the user manage their daily health routine.

It can measure blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing, alert the user to when they need to take their medication, and also track sleep patterns. Added functionality means that it can inform the user of the day’s weather forecast and their schedule for the day, and play music that fits the user’s moods.

Particularly useful for those with elderly relatives who live on their own, it can also notify accredited family members of an emergency, and is able to support video calls for real-time communication.

Many brands are responding to the growing trend for single-person households as well as the needs of ageing populations, and developing products with human traits so that they double as companions while they blend seamlessly into the home environment.

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Honda’s 3E Robotics Concept features a companion robot that, while being useful around the house, shows compassion with a variety of facial expressions.

Similarly, the Ubtech Walker humanoid robot is self-balancing with hand-eye co-ordination and also has facial, object and environment recognition. It even has obstacle avoidance functions and can stay mobile on complex terrains, so it can walk freely about the house while helping with simple household chores, and enabling the user to operate smart home devices and appliances.

For those with mobility issues, a home robot has potential to prove a game changer as they can offer the user more independence. Brands are working hard to develop this area, and for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Toyota will be showcasing its latest technology in the form of its new human support robots that will be at the event to guide attendees and help them to their seats, as well as provide information. The brand’s delivery support robots will also be on hand and will be particularly helpful to wheelchair users, as they can be summoned via an app to fetch drinks and refreshments when required, and dispose of any litter.

With the global coverage that the Olympics is bound to enjoy, it won’t be long before the home robot is getting a lot of attention, although how popular they really turn out to be remains to be seen.

As with many aspects of the the future home, personalisation looks to be the key – as long as the home robot has functionality with settings that are able to suit individual requirements, the demand for it is sure to follow.

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