Shaped like a mini-lighthouse, the Robot Housemaid will float suspended in air on an air-cushion and help take care of basic household tasks. Robot-maid will be able to move linen, glasses, china and silver to the table. After dinner it will wash them and store them away.”
If ever there was a human desire, it is the wish that there could be a robot to do our work for us. Such was the thinking in 1959 when the Robot Housemaid was predicted in “Closer Than We Think”. Now we still have to set our own tables, but engineers at several robotics firms have been working on some sophisticated technology that might bring us closer to the robot maid than we imagine. The Honda Asimo, for example, can recognize its owner, obey commands and serve certain drinks.
Chicago Tribune newspaper