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Programmable computers integrated with electrically powered machines that perform household chores. Domestic robots, also known as home or service robots, are essentially programmable computers integrated with electrically powered machines that perform household chores. They typically have some capacity for movement, either for moving themselves or manipulating objects, or both. Home robots differ from appliances (dishwashers, for example) or even Internet-connected appliances in that they do all the work (see illustration), as opposed to simply making a task easier. These labor-saving devices not only free people to do other things, but may also assist disabled or elderly people. See also: Computer; Computer programming; Control systems; Machine; Robotics; Vacuum cleaner
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