japan.internet.com finally got out of holiday mode and published their first summary of a survey for the new Year, one conducted by JR Tokai Express Research on the 28th of December on the prospect of domestic robots. 330 members of their research monitor group successfully completed the internet-based questionnaire. 46.7% of the sample was male, 13.3% in their twenties, 51.2% in their thirties, 27.0% in their forties, 6.4% in their fifties, and 2.1% in their sixties.
This is a subject that I have previously reported on, but in the year or so since I did that translation there seems to have been a bit of a shift in favour of robots.
Note that in Q2, the “robo-partner” answer does seem to mean seeing the robot as a spouse!
Q1: If they were available, would you like to use a domestic robot to help around your home? (Sample size=330)
Yes (to SQ) 67.3% No 17.6% Don’t know 15.2%
Q1SQ: What sort of domestic robot would you like to use? (Sample size=222, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage Robo-hoover 201 90.5% Robo-clothes washer 112 50.5% Robo-chef, robo-dishwasher, etc 107 48.2% Robo-gardener 50 22.5% Robo-nurse for elderly 45 20.3% Robo-playmate for children 31 14.0% Robo-shopper 29 13.1% Other 5 2.3%
Q2: How do you think a home robot will be seen in the future? (Sample size=330)
Just a heap of metal 48.8% Robo-assistant 28.5% Robo-maid 11.5% Robo-partner 2.1% Robo-me 1.5% Robo-friend 0.6% Robo-child 0.6% Don’t know 4.8% Other 1.5%