Interesting article written by Bill Gates talking about robotics - one of the comments in the article is "Although a few of the domestic robots of tomorrow may resemble the anthropomorphic machines of science fiction, a greater number are likely to be mobile peripheral devices that perform specific household tasks." - sounds like the Roomba or, if you could consider a non-mobile peripheral that performs specific household tasks then you could also assume that washing machines, microwaves and cookers might also be considered to be robots - perhaps all linked into the home network and controlled through a home automation system (perhaps having it's UI hosted in Media Center PC or similar).

- Mike