A recent surge in demand for intelligent home devices has positioned consumer-grade robots as physical task-doers that perform single tasks. This perception, however understates their potential as adaptive and personable machines. A recent report from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) service at Strategy Analytics "UXS Technology Planning Report: Robotics", investigating the needs, behaviors and expectations of consumers regarding robotics, has found that future robots will deliver far greater value to their users through capabilities to perform unpredictable physical tasks, their ability to learn and their potential to execute tasks beyond the home.
•Robots save time and provide value to consumers by working autonomously to complete mundane tasks (such as vacuuming or mowing the lawn)
•While currently restricted to in-home use cases, robots are ideally suited to perform tasks outside because they can move and interact with the world independently
•Modular components would allow a robot to modify with a user's changing requirements, allowing it to do more tasks over its lifetime
If this tickles your interest bone, you may want to check out the report.