The little Astro was one of the biggest novelties left by the Amazon event in September 2021. However, it is not the first device of its kind to try to enter the home, in a market still limited by price. Know the domestic robots that arrived before Astro.
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There is still a need for these machines to be massively marketed. In fact, the Astro itself is still in a testing stage.
One of their main difficulties is that most are only good at completing a single task, such as iRobot’s Roomba vacuums; since they need a lot of space to function properly, they are more suitable for factories, such as Spot from Boston Dynamics; they are not yet as good at manipulating objects or recognizing spaces; and finally the price.
Despite these obstacles, there are already some companies that have dared with some domestic robots that can be yours … as long as you have enough money to buy them.
SanBot Mini Elf is the most compact version – and therefore the most economical – of the family of robots designed by the Chinese company Qihan Technology: it measures 30 centimeters high, 53 wide and 28 long, and weighs only 5 kilos. Depending on the manufacturer, it can detect and identify voices and faces, follow instructions, and make video calls. It is equipped with a 10-inch touch screen. Although their goal is to be nice, the design of their eyes is likely to intimidate you a bit. His older brother, SanBot, was used to monitor patients hospitalized for COVID-19.
TIAGo is a robot from the Spanish company PAL, which has been created to help the elderly with household chores. It is capable of administering pills, carrying objects, recommending healthy dishes, monitoring vital signs, among others. It is equipped with an 87-centimeter arm, which allows it to lift up to 2 kilos and reach a height of 175 centimeters. TIAGo ++ is a more advanced version that is equipped with two arms.
Price: between $ 23,000 and $ 69,000, depending on its components.
Pepper is considered the first humanoid robot capable of identifying faces and emotions. Designed by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Robotics in 2014, it is oriented to interact through dialogue and a touch screen. It has voice recognition in 15 languages, including English and Spanish. On June 2021, the company suspended its production “for a time”, after having produced 27,000 units.
Price: $ 1,790, plus a monthly subscription of $ 360.
Gita is a robot that is designed to accompany and follow its owner at a speed of up to 10 kilometers per hour (6 mph), while carrying a load of up to 20 kilos. The robot follows its owner through a sensory vision mechanism. In addition, it makes the tour more enjoyable, as it is also capable of playing music. Behind this device is Piaggio Fast Forward, the technological arm of the Italian group Piaggio that in 1946 launched the iconic Vespa motorcycle.
Price: $ 3,250 dollars.
The American company iRobot was one of the pioneers in the domestic robot market, with its now emblematic Roomba. The machine, which was released in 2002, has a series of sensors (tactile, optical and acoustic) that allow it to detect obstacles, debris on the ground or unevenness such as stairs. Thanks to two wheels located at its base, it is capable of turning 360 degrees. The newer versions are capable of self-cleaning and recharging.
Price: Depending on the model, they cost between $ 400 and $ 1500.