iCandy: Robots--Medical, Musical, Manservants

Automatons do chores, play tunes, and talk among themselves

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Willie Jones covers transportation for IEEE Spectrum, and the history of technology for The Institute.

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RoboDynamics, of Santa Monica, Calif., is marketing its humanoid robot Luna as a domestic servant capable of walking the dog and serving drinks. Who hasn’t, on the hottest and coldest days, wished for a butler, human or automaton, to carry out those chores? The US $3000 robot can be controlled from its 8-inch touch-screen display by voice commands or through its cellular connection.

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