The roomba vacuum cleaner has changed the way people think about robots. They used to be thought of as human like machines. But in fact, robots don’t need to be human like at all. Their function dictates their shape and capacity. The roomba is a very popular household appliance (though a bit expensive) and it is about to get a lot cheaper as IRobot uses vSLAM mapping technology. BI has the story.
If you are looking for an area that will change the way we live, this is it. We will be seeing more and more autonomous machines doing stuff for us.