When Will We Have Robots To Help With Household Chores?

Google, Microsoft, and Apple are investing in robots. Does that mean home robots are on the way?

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HRP-2 robots learn kitchen chores at the University of Tokyo's JSK Lab.
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Google has recently been in the news for its buying spree of robotics companies. Many people are excited about this and believe that this will greatly accelerate robotics technology development and hopefully make robots ubiquitous in our lives. I hope that's true, and if so, the big question is: When will we be able to buy robots to help us with household chores?

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