Robo-cop or robo-hoover?

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MyVoice recently published this survey regarding home robots. For me personally, all this robot stuff is very gimmicky; static sensor arrays would be much more useful for almost all purposes (except for vaccuuming of course), and the cost of static machinery is far lower that making some virtually useless moving guard robot, given today’s, or even tomorrow’s technology. However, with almost two-thirds of respondents failing to register anxiety at the robotisation of the home, and half keen on welcoming them into their homes, surely this is nothing but another win for the Lizard Alliance and the RoTM™?

MyVoice surveyed 17,958 people registered in the MyVoice community; 42% male and 39% in their thirties. The results are as follows:

Q1: Do you think you’d want to use a robot in your home?

I absolutely want to use13.9%
I probably want to use36.0%
I can’t say whether I want to or not29.6%
I don’t really want to use12.2%
I absolutely don’t want to use8.3%

Q2: What sort of robot functions do you want to use? (Multiple answer)

Cleaning the house58.4%
Crime prevention55.3%
Home minding39.2%
Tidying up after meals34.4%
Clothes washing26.8%
Ironing23.1%
Cooking22.1%
Carrying baggage21.8%
Healing19.9%
Play18.9%
Nursing17.7%
Driving car16.9%
Work or study help15.3%
Communication or chat15.1%
Health management12.0%
Child minding or child eduction10.4%
Others2.2%
I don’t want to use a robot11.3%
No answer0.2%

Note: the difference between “crime prevention” and “home minding” is probably that “crime prevention” implies detection of intruders, whereas “home minding” is more just monitoring the house, answering the phone or the door, watching the cat, etc.

Q3: If you bought a robot, up to about how much would you pay?

Up to 10,000 yen11.9%
10,000 to 100,000 yen37.8%
100,000 to 200,000 yen13.4%
200,000 to 300,000 yen7.0%
300,000 to 500,000 yen5.2%
500,000 to 1,000,000 yen5.0%
1,000,000 to 10,000,000 yen1.1%
Over 10,000,000 yen0.2%
I don’t think I want to buy18.0%
No answer0.5%

Q4: Are you uneasy about the spread of home robots?

I feel completely uneasy about it6.7%
I’m a little uneasy about it27.4%
I can’t say whether I am uneasy or not34.1%
I don’t really feel uneasy22.4%
I don’t feel uneasy at all8.4%
No answer1.0%
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  1. June 25, 2009 @ 13:27

    I would like buy your new Robo Nurse for my home.
    I understand that Robo Nurse require by communication on voice. I am deaf. I would like communication Robo Nurse use
    by sign langauge America English by Robo’s hand sign
    langauge America.
    Let me know as soon. I will be glad buy your Robo Nurse I need so bad. Or use by software on computer then insert
    to Robo will work out!!!!!
    How much do it cost? Thank you.

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