Walking through the hall of robotics at the world’s largest technology fair you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped back in time.

For an event that is meant to showcase the world’s best technological innovations, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show’s robots hall was filled with uninspired creations made from white plastic that do less than the average smartphone and could have been designed in the last century.

Many of the robots on show just gave a human form to tablets and intelligent speakers with the added (but useless) ability of moving around and dancing. In the main it was hard to find one that was more than simply an iPad that can follow its owner around.

Despite this, many have proclaimed that robotics won the show at CES 2017.”2017 will be the year of the robo-butlers”,…

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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Why are robots still so rubbish?

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