The Oncoming Onslaught of Personal Robots

Coming on the heels of the announcement that SoftBank Corp. will start selling “human-like” robots for personal use by early 2015, the telecommunications giant is now unveiling a robot real-time operating system (RTOS) for other creators to use for their own robots.


Asratec Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank, has created V-Sido OS to allow creators and their robots the ability to interconnect and synchronize their movements. These advanced controls are designed to be both versatile and user-friendly, with the OS allowing for different robot sizes as well as “types of use,” including health care, construction, and (naturally) entertainment.

The OS solves many potential issues for anyone from professional robotic engineers to the weekend “garage warrior” types, and designs will most likely flourish as a result.

The company hopes to create an environment similar to the PC industry, where small and large vendors contribute their specialized products, each helping the market to become more efficient and highly developed. The ultimate goal being to “promote greater efficiency in robotic development.”

From a market standpoint, this is awesome. We love efficient markets. But at the same time I can’t help but think about the program “Humanoids” that I recently watched on 101 East. The show wrestles with the question that sits uncomfortably in the back of most everyone’s mind… are these things going to be our future demise? Watch, and you decide.

H/T: Bloomberg

  • King Song

    Does this solve problems for Japan or create new ones? That demographics problem just got worse! Say goodbye to any/all social welfare programs in Japan, how’s that gonna work out? We could see the first ever young vs elderly civil war in Japan!