March 10, 2009 by Anita Slomski. (This article also appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of Proto, a magazine published by Massachusetts General Hospital.)
Robots can already perform surgery and track your meds. Now, new models aim to provide therapy and support.
Before consumers send their Roombas for repair, they sometimes etch their names on the machines in the hopes of getting their own robots back. Somehow, they grow attached to the squat, disk-shaped sweepers and worry that a new robot will have a different personality.