Bio Robot Refrigerator
Yuriy Dmitriev, Chuvash State University, Russia developed the The Bio Robot Refrigerator concept where biorobots in biopolymer gel cool through luminescence and use the non sticky, odorless gel to envelope stored food as individual pods. Sans doors and drawers, the fridge can be oriented vertical or horizontal, as per the home requirements. See Yuriy´s presentation below.
VR Robotic Chefs
The virtual Kitchen with robotic chefs is the brainchild of Daniel Dobrogorsky, student at Industrial Design & Mechanical Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He developed the Kitchen Hideaway virtual reality concept that allows the inhabitants of a communal building to imagine being in a kitchen, preparing a particular meal rather than having to actually do this for themselves. The thoughts of the user are then transmitted to robotic chefs within the building who then prepare the visualised meal in a real kitchen and with real ingredients. In effect, the headset replaces the need for kitchen appliances in individual dwellings, saving space through creative thinking. Daniel didn´t win the competition but Electrolux, Swedish world leading producer of appliances and equipment for kitchen and cleaning, likes his idea so much that it already has applied patent (SE1000512-2) for "Method for Cooking".
Aibo-like Vacuum Cleaner
A more traditional robot idea comes from Berty Bhuruth who designed the Instinct Vacuum cleaner, a robotic, four-legged device that adapts to its environment in response to a future where people will have less time and less space to store things, making efficient cleaning a problem. The vacuum cleaning robot chooses the path of less cleaning resistance by consulting 3d models of the room it creates before tackling its task.
Soft Social Robot
Robotics Pet Networks & Creepy Avatars
|Infonaut: Telenoid@Ars Electronica 2010|
The idea behind this strange robotic creature called Telenoid was to create a teleoperated robot that can be female or male, an adult or a youngster, that can be easily transferred, making it suitable for a wide-range of users.