Home robots at IFA 2018

September 5, 2018

Since our childhood, we have been waiting to see the robots that could quickly do the household chores such as folding the laundry, making coffee and what not. The fact is that we are still waiting. Although artificial intelligence and robotics have had some breakthroughs in the recent years but to have a completely independent robot that can carry out all the tasks as efficiently as a human can, there still is a long way to go.

The human-robot market is not growing as rapidly as it was expected and this is evident through the robots displayed recently at IFA 2018 in Berlin. Some of the tech devices displayed seemed innovative but the home robotic industry is offering devices that can perform one task at a time.

According to the experts, it will take at least 5 to 10 more years to have robots that can multitask with human efficiency but they will quite difficult to afford.


One of the launched home robots is Temi which can be considered the best from the lot. It can follow you around without getting knocked out and follow your instructions through an app or voice command. Other functions are quite similar to smart assistants with the exception that it has a screen.


Aeolus is a janitorial robot that picks up objects, can clean the floor with a standard vacuum and can bring drinks as well. The limitation is that it is extremely slow.

Anki’s Vector

Anki’sVactor is one of the simplest robots that is small enough to fit in one hand and can carry out simple tasks such as weather forecasts and games.

The technology is not moving at a rapid pace hence creating delays in the robot of our dream that can multitask that too with the speed of lightning. Although many companies especially start-ups have invested in smart machines that are basically working in the food industry tossing pizzas and making burgers. These robots are fast and have definitely reduced the labour time. However, they can still work as assistants only and are not capable of carrying out individual tasks.


This year’s IFA has made one aspect clear that multitasker robots are not coming anytime soon. We have to wait to fulfil our dreams to order a robot to clean-up, cook, or transfer things from one place to another. Artificial intelligence has come a long way, we might have to wait but the expectations are not impossible.




Rachel Fanabae

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