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Family Nanny Robot

The Family Nanny Robot has sensors that allow it to find its way around your home. It can talk to you, your children and your parents - it can even send text messages about emergencies. It can even be used to do two-way telemedicine checkups with its chest display and cameras.


(Family Nanny Robot)

The Family Nanny robot stands about 31 inches tall and weighs about 55 pounds; Shenyang Siasun Robot & Automation Co. Ltd. plans on introducing it to the market within the next five years.

If that seems like a long time, SF fans have already been waiting more than fifty years for nanny robots, like the one Philip K. Dick wrote about in his 1955 short story Nanny:

Nanny was built in the shape of a sphere, a large metal sphere, flattened on the bottom. Her surface had been sprayed with a dull green enamel, which had become chipped and gouged through wear. There was not much visible in addition to the eye stalks. The treads could not be seen. On each side of the hull was the outline of a door. From these the magnetic grapples came, when they were needed. The front of the hull came to a point, and there the metal was reinforced.
(Read more about Dick's nanny robot)

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