Present Robot Potential?

Hello, Is it possible at this time with the present level of processing power to build (or program) a Honda type robot that could carry out these
functions: memorize 5 - 8 faces, respond to some sentance commands & carry out limited conversation, carry out a few cleaning chores - i.e. dusting, cleaning sinks, & hopefully the dreaded chore of cleaning toilets.
What I am trying to find out if this could be done by itself, or would it still be needed to be connected to a super computer?
I am not trying to build a super robot, but something that would have at least some usefullness.
Joel
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Easy.
Easy, provided a relatively noise-free environment.

Very, very hard.

Also very hard. :)
Best, - Joe
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Joe Strout wrote:

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Maybe not. If you use the right tool for the job.
An end effector that combines a wet/dry vacuum and a pressure washer would make this workable. Then it's a spray-painting job, which robots do just fine.
Something for cleaning institutional bathrooms in large buildings might be commercially feasible in Japan.
                    John Nagle
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John Nagle wrote:

What I'm talking about is a scaled-down version of this:
    http://www.prginc.com/Clean&Rmv/recyclean.html
Demonstrates that a combo pressure washer/vacuum works just fine.
                John Nagle
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That thing is huge! Is that suppose to maneuver around your house?
Joe McKibben
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Joe McKibben wrote:

No, the point is that you can combine a pressure washer and a vacuum to clean without using brushes and without flooding the area.
                    John Nagle
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John Nagle wrote:

Alternatively, the toilet bowl itself could be coated with teflon(tm) to make the job itself easier and less dreaded.
-Wayne
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This is an interesting question. I was wondering about something similar but not quite as advanced. See inline for my question.
Joe Strout wrote:

How? I was thinking of possibly having the robot send the image to the desktop and then letting the desktop do some image processing. I have never done this don't know if that is possible.

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</pre> <blockquote type="cite"> <pre wrap="">carry out a few cleaning chores - i.e. dusting, cleaning sinks, &amp; hopefully the dreaded chore of cleaning toilets. </pre> </blockquote> <pre wrap=""><!----> Very, very hard.
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You need desktop-level processing power, but I'd put it on the robot -- remember, you were asking about something the size of Asimo, which would have plenty of room for a modern desktop computer in its chest. (Look at the size of the Mac Mini from Apple, for example, which is what I have on my desk -- no, that's not a CD player, that's the computer!)
Then, you'd run face-recognition software, maybe something like OpenCV.
Best, - Joe
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

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You don't need much computing power to clean a toilet or dust the furniture. You do need a very, very robust mechanism to get around the typical house without falling over the cat or bruising up little Timmy. A Pentium 4 can run most off-the-shelf face recognition and speech recognition software.
Why hasn't anyone built and marketed such an obviously useful device? Apart from the difficulty in engineering the thing, there are six billion people on this planet, four or five billion would be happy to have this kind of job for the most minimum of pay. The robot competition would have to clean a lot of toilets before it paid for itself.
-- Gordon
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wrote:

The dream of the 50's where robots could do all the drudge work failed to predict the existence of cheap labour. Even the best robot comes no where near the cheapness a biological slave.
Those with the means of production or ownership of the resources have no incentative to share those riches and replace cheap labour with machines and thus provide an environment in which better and cheaper hardware could evolve.
-- JC
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