Researchers from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology’s Center for Intelligent Robotics (CIR) have been working on a robot named CIROS to help around the house. Earlier versions were fairly life-like but this third-generation model, able to cut cucumbers and pour salad dressing, is positively Julia-Child-like.
He has a Kinect head and can identify common household objects and appliances. Homeboy can also load the dishwasher and pour juice, and the researchers plan to teach CIROS to cook entire meals and then clean up afterwards. Why? As populations begin to age around the world, small, portable robots like CIROS will come in handy to help grandma and grandpa hang out around the house. It doesn’t look like this boy can run up and down the stairs with a glass of wine and some dentures in its hand, but maybe that comes in generation four.