DARPA-funded robots of all different styles will join the Robotic Challenge fray for the real-world phase. Now that the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC) has taken place, those winners of each use the DARPA supplied Atlas robot (pictured). (Source: DARPA)
I'm all for personal robots--I have a lot of jobs I would like to off-load to them--but so far I have been disppointed in even the most specialized home robots. I'm beginning to think robotics needs a "killer app" to break open the home market.