1,000 limited edition Luna personal robots will go on sale in 2011 and will be generally available in 2012.
Luna has a Dual Core Atom 2 GHz processor, a Linux-based operating system, and up to 32 GB of storage. Interaction is possible via an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, a three-microphone array with speakers, wireless and cellular communication, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 3D sensor. She runs on a 12-volt battery, for 4-8 hours per charge.
The IEEE website also reports a projected price of just US$1,000, although the first models (which should ship later this year) will go for $3,000.
iRobots Ava robot and the Luna Robot appear to target the same new middle tier robot niche
I think when Heartland robotics comes out with $5000 or less high precision robotic arms, mounting those arms onto these kinds of robots will be very powerful. A one high precision arm robot that is mobile with visual and audio interfaces could be had for about $6000. Those robots will be able to run thousands of different apps. There a rapid impact of millions of highly functional personal robot within 3 years.
If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks