Roomba out-ranks Robo-Cop in Japan


Would you want to use a robotic domestic appliance? graph of japanese statisticsAccording to a recent survey on robots conducted by JR Tokai Express Research Inc and reported on by, domestic robots are broadly welcomed, but there is strong reluctance towards letting robots help out with the softer skills.


One the 4th of September 2007 331 members of the JR Tokai Express Research online monitor panel employed in the public and private sectors answered a private internet-based questionnaire. 77.3% of the sample was male, 12.7% in their twenties, 38.7% in their thirties, 33.8% in their forties, 13.9% in their fifties, and 0.9% in their sixties.

A Roomba might be nice around our living room to occassionally scoot around and pick up fluff and crumbs from under the sofa and the table, although I don’t really see it as a substitute for my weekly hoovering, just something that makes my job a bit easier on Sunday mornings. I don’t really see how a clothes washing robot could be effectively made; tasks like hanging out the washing, for instance, are rather intricate, and going around the house picking up dirty clothes is a nice image but impractical given the current state of the art in robotics.

Research results

Q1: If there were “Robotic Domestic Appliances” to help around the house, would you want to try them out? (Sample size=331)

Yes (to SQs)72.2%
Don’t know15.7%

Q1SQ1: What kinds of robotic domestic appliances would you like to get help from? (Sample size=239, multiple answer)

Home protection16468.6%
Washing clothes14661.1%
Cooking, other kitchen tasks8636.0%
Parent nursing7330.5%

Q1SQ2: What kinds of robotic domestic appliances would you not like to get help from? (Sample size=239, multiple answer)

Parent nursing7029.3%
Cooking, other kitchen tasks6225.9%
Washing clothes125.0%
Home protection83.3%
None in particular4117.2%
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