The past eighteen months have been hard on personal/social care robots and their proponents. A spate of startups shut down despite the potential for robots to support a wider range of services in the smart home. Typically, these devices have been delivered without an eye to wider smart home integration. However, Amazon and Google appear to be preparing their own home robots, which in all likelihood will offer personal/social care functionality. These players will build on their successful entry into the smart home market and likely look to any robot offering to build on and extend those capabilities. What should we expect from these players, and can they succeed where others have failed?
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