Here’s a home robot that actually looks useful: a self-driving shelf

Here’s a home robot that actually looks useful: a self-driving shelf


Most home robots unveiled at CES tend to over-promise and under-deliver. Every year, we’re treated to staged demos of prototype “robot butlers” that always fail to materialize as real products. But two new bots created by a startup named Labrador Systems look like they’ll break this cycle. Why? Because the company has kept things simple — extremely simple — by building what are essentially self-driving shelves.

Labrador’s robots, named Caddie and Retriever, are designed to help around the house by ferrying goods around. They’re both about the size of a side-table and come equipped with wheels and sensors that let them navigate your home. Owners will set a number of…

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