Domestic Robot Technology in the 21st Century

Shadow_Hand_Bulb_large_AlphaJacob Newberger completed his bachelor of science at the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a major in mechanical engineering, achieving honors and placement on the Dean’s List. While studying, Jacob Newberger demonstrated advanced knowledge and interest in the design, assembly, and programming of autonomous robots created for domestic purposes.

Until quite recently, partly automated household devices still required some level of human interaction in order to function correctly. These included vacuum cleaners, automated pool cleaners, and food processors. At the beginning of the 21st century, fully autonomous vacuum cleaners introduced a new level of automated control, and research and product development continues today.

Security robots are now used domestically to detect movement and identify potential intruders. While video footage is created, security warnings can be sent via email to alert residents of potential breaches immediately. Robotic lawn mowers experienced a surge in popularity in 2012, and are now produced with electric sensors to avoid obstacles and observe property boundaries. Floor washing and polishing robots have also been developed in recent years. Electronic devices that control utility settings by way of mobile phone applications are gaining popularity, with Google’s purchase and collaboration with thermostat manufacturer Nest.

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