The Robot of My Life

I got to thinking. [Insert joke by DocLor or RichE] Oh, I was thinking about robots. I don’t have human looking robots but I have a few things that do what I tell it to do by a push of a button. I also came to the conclusion that the off timer or off sensor has made all the difference in the world. Starting a machine is easy. Telling it to stop when you are not around made it a one button process.

I take these “robots” for granted. I don’t pay them. One of the simplest is the little pot that boils my hot water for me. Fill it, push a button, and wait. The other is the microwave that weighs my food then sets the time to reheat it. I think one of the earliest “robots” in my life was a pop-up toaster. Press down and pop goes the golden brown. Funny I never see pop-up toasters in Japan. It is toaster ovens. (Counter space is at a premium so multi-functional is a must.)

I think the only thing in my life that has advertised as a robot is my Roomba vacuum cleaner. Poor Rosie the robot got replaced by a low curvy model with no apron.

How about you what robot do you have in your life? I believe an ActiFry counts.

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  1. Rather than robot, I characterize my mechanical slaves as program-&-relax friends.  My list includes the processor-based Infinity controller for our HVAC, the Roomba named Sonny, the programmable Koi feeder named Baal since the fish worship him, the programmable pond pump, the landscape light controller, the drip system controller, the irrigation system controller,  the WiFi security camera and HD system, and our simple SimpliSafe security system.  I have many other remote devices due to my inherent laziness and love of gadgets.  When we travel, I can monitor all important home conditions.

    As an example, one of our painting lights, located about 8 feet off the floor, has a remote switch connected to an inconveniently located enabling electrical switch, in turn connected to a programmable timer, in turn connected to a dimmer hidden behind the painting, and all the wiring is fished through the wall, so it all looks like magic.

    Don’t get me started on my programmable Logitech Ultimate controller and all the electronics it has tamed, enabling me to enjoy audio and video whenever and wherever I desire.

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  2. Trinity Waters:
    Rather than robot, I characterize my mechanical slaves as program-&-relax friends.  My list includes the processor-based Infinity controller for our HVAC, the Roomba named Sonny, the programmable Koi feeder named Baal since the fish worship him, the programmable pond pump, the landscape light controller, the drip system controller, the irrigation system controller,  the WiFi security camera and HD system, and our simple SimpliSafe security system.  I have many other remote devices due to my inherent laziness and love of gadgets.  When we travel, I can monitor all important home conditions.

    As an example, one of our painting lights, located about 8 feet off the floor, has a remote switch connected to an inconveniently located enabling electrical switch, in turn connected to a programmable timer, in turn connected to a dimmer hidden behind the painting, and all the wiring is fished through the wall, so it all looks like magic.

    Don’t get me started on my programmable Logitech Ultimate controller and all the electronics it has tamed, enabling me to enjoy audio and video whenever and wherever I desire.

    I won’t mention Logitech Lotty.

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    Trinity Waters:
    Rather than robot, I characterize my mechanical slaves as program-&-relax friends.  My list includes the processor-based Infinity controller for our HVAC, the Roomba named Sonny, the programmable Koi feeder named Baal since the fish worship him, the programmable pond pump, the landscape light controller, the drip system controller, the irrigation system controller,  the WiFi security camera and HD system, and our simple SimpliSafe security system.  I have many other remote devices due to my inherent laziness and love of gadgets.  When we travel, I can monitor all important home conditions.

    As an example, one of our painting lights, located about 8 feet off the floor, has a remote switch connected to an inconveniently located enabling electrical switch, in turn connected to a programmable timer, in turn connected to a dimmer hidden behind the painting, and all the wiring is fished through the wall, so it all looks like magic.

    Don’t get me started on my programmable Logitech Ultimate controller and all the electronics it has tamed, enabling me to enjoy audio and video whenever and wherever I desire.

    I won’t mention Logitech Lotty.

    Huh?

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  4. Hi 10 Cents, Real jzdro here.  You should just believe me and not make me check a box to say that I am not a robot.

    Is your Roomba the “robot of your life?”  If so, it might please you to know that a Roomba is the robot of the life of my #2 baby, who has always had to control his asthma. His house on the West Coast has no rugs, very few fabrics, but a well-appreciated Roomba constantly removing dust and things.

    As Estate Laundress, I employ a robot that weighs the load the proposed load, and then decides if it wants to work that day.  If it agrees, it announces completion of the task by means of a sung jingle.  This jingle ever irritated #3 baby, whose bedroom was directly above, and who would stomp down the back stairs and mute the jingle function.  When she is not at home I just laugh and think of those singing dwarves in the Snow White movie.  If you are old enough, you’ll get that and laugh too.

    As Estate Chef, I employ a STOVE (Have you read The Egg and I?  If you are old enough, you will have read The Egg and I,  or maybe seen the movie, and know about STOVE) that will, if asked properly, turn itself on before we have to get out of bed, warm up the bread pudding, and turn itself off when the pudding is warm and the kitchen, consequently, above 60 degrees.  Sweet, huh?

    But monarch of them all is the bread machine.

    For years we kept the family in daily fresh bread, even though we lived miles from anywhere. Fresh bread can be made miles from anywhere, but for a family, not daily!  I’ve lost count of the incarnations of Bread Machine who have performed here, and who have had funeral rites performed at the recycling place.  Bread Machine Robot has served us well, with bread and also pizza dough.

    Do you have a rice cooker that obediently makes up perfect, hot rice for your breakfast?

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  5. jzdro:
    Hi 10 Cents, Real jzdro here.  You should just believe me and not make me check a box to say that I am not a robot.

    Is your Roomba the “robot of your life?”  If so, it might please you to know that a Roomba is the robot of the life of my #2 baby, who has always had to control his asthma. His house on the West Coast has no rugs, very few fabrics, but a well-appreciated Roomba constantly removing dust and things.

    As Estate Laundress, I employ a robot that weighs the load the proposed load, and then decides if it wants to work that day.  If it agrees, it announces completion of the task by means of a sung jingle.  This jingle ever irritated #3 baby, whose bedroom was directly above, and who would stomp down the back stairs and mute the jingle function.  When she is not at home I just laugh and think of those singing dwarves in the Snow White movie.  If you are old enough, you’ll get that and laugh too.

    As Estate Chef, I employ a STOVE (Have you read The Egg and I?  If you are old enough, you will have read The Egg and I,  or maybe seen the movie, and know about STOVE) that will, if asked properly, turn itself on before we have to get out of bed, warm up the bread pudding, and turn itself off when the pudding is warm and the kitchen, consequently, above 60 degrees.  Sweet, huh?

    But monarch of them all is the bread machine.

    For years we kept the family in daily fresh bread, even though we lived miles from anywhere. Fresh bread can be made miles from anywhere, but for a family, not daily!  I’ve lost count of the incarnations of Bread Machine who have performed here, and who have had funeral rites performed at the recycling place.  Bread Machine Robot has served us well, with bread and also pizza dough.

    Do you have a rice cooker that obediently makes up perfect, hot rice for your breakfast?

    I have been using a cheap rice cooker to make oatmeal. I sometimes put in dried fruit and nuts. I hit the switch do my exercises and it has breakfast ready.

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  6. 10 Cents:
    I have been using a cheap rice cooker to make oatmeal. I sometimes put in dried fruit and nuts. I hit the switch do my exercises and it has breakfast ready.

    So it acts as a friend, to help you frame the exercise time, and then reward you when you have done your exercises.  I bet it is a reliable friend that way.

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  7. John Walker:
    In French, the phrase for “food processor” is «robot de cuisine».  This is used even for things like mixers which are pretty much single-function.

    In Polish, robić  is to do, to make, or to work, all three ideas being inseparable.

    For example, we say take a picture, they say make a picture.

    A worker is a robotnik.  In Solidarity protests in the 1980s, Poles would wear T-shirts that said Jestem robotnik, nie hooligan!  (“I am a worker, not a hooligan!”)

    (The commie newspapers had slandered them as hooligans.)

    So that meant also I am a maker, not a destroyer.

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  8. jzdro:

    10 Cents:
    I have been using a cheap rice cooker to make oatmeal. I sometimes put in dried fruit and nuts. I hit the switch do my exercises and it has breakfast ready.

    So it acts as a friend, to help you frame the exercise time, and then reward you when you have done your exercises.  I bet it is a reliable friend that way.

    But on the other hand, it says “Enough exercise.  Time to eat!” and you obey.  Is it a reliable friend, an obedient servant, or a fearful master?

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  9. John Walker:
    But on the other hand, it says “Enough exercise.  Time to eat!” and you obey.  Is it a reliable friend, an obedient servant, or a fearful master?

    Its first impulse is surely to be a reliable friend and obedient servant.  If its user cheats, for example by programming insufficient delay time to accommodate the morning exercise, then it remains  Obedient Servant and becomes also, passively, Friend Betrayed into being Traducer into the Cutting of Corners.

    As to Fearful Master, that can only be in a couple of cases that come immediately to mind:  a user of timorous mind, or some sort of electrical wire connection, or generator of nasty sound, or Burner of Oatmeal, of all of which I would rather not think.

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  10. jzdro:

    10 Cents:
    I have been using a cheap rice cooker to make oatmeal. I sometimes put in dried fruit and nuts. I hit the switch do my exercises and it has breakfast ready.

    So it acts as a friend, to help you frame the exercise time, and then reward you when you have done your exercises.  I bet it is a reliable friend that way.

    Socks don’t have many friends especially after exercising. 🙂

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  11. Trinity Waters:

    10 Cents:

    Trinity Waters:
    Rather than robot, I characterize my mechanical slaves as program-&-relax friends.  My list includes the processor-based Infinity controller for our HVAC, the Roomba named Sonny, the programmable Koi feeder named Baal since the fish worship him, the programmable pond pump, the landscape light controller, the drip system controller, the irrigation system controller,  the WiFi security camera and HD system, and our simple SimpliSafe security system.  I have many other remote devices due to my inherent laziness and love of gadgets.  When we travel, I can monitor all important home conditions.

    As an example, one of our painting lights, located about 8 feet off the floor, has a remote switch connected to an inconveniently located enabling electrical switch, in turn connected to a programmable timer, in turn connected to a dimmer hidden behind the painting, and all the wiring is fished through the wall, so it all looks like magic.

    Don’t get me started on my programmable Logitech Ultimate controller and all the electronics it has tamed, enabling me to enjoy audio and video whenever and wherever I desire.

    I won’t mention Logitech Lotty.

    Huh?

    Isn’t she your personal assistant, Trin? I hear you push her buttons. 🙂

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  12. John Walker:

    jzdro:

    10 Cents:
    I have been using a cheap rice cooker to make oatmeal. I sometimes put in dried fruit and nuts. I hit the switch do my exercises and it has breakfast ready.

    So it acts as a friend, to help you frame the exercise time, and then reward you when you have done your exercises.  I bet it is a reliable friend that way.

    But on the other hand, it says “Enough exercise.  Time to eat!” and you obey.  Is it a reliable friend, an obedient servant, or a fearful master?

    How about aloof butler? I don’t like the way it looks at me at times.

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  13. The robot of your life? Jeepers, you certainly don’t aim too high…

    I would have thought that you would be interested in something like this:

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  14. 10 Cents:
    How about aloof butler? I don’t like the way it looks at me at times.

    Bear up, bear up, man!  Lord Peter Wimsey bore up under Bunter’s constant stream of silent criticism.  You can handle the occasional critical glance.

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  15. jzdro:

    10 Cents:
    How about aloof butler? I don’t like the way it looks at me at times.

    Bear up, bear up, man!  Lord Peter Wimsey bore up under Bunter’s constant stream of silent criticism.  You can handle the occasional critical glance.

    This is Jeeves level, jzdro.

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  16. Gerry D:
    The robot of your life? Jeepers, you certainly don’t aim too high…

    I would have thought that you would be interested in something like this:

    It does give a new meaning to a woman being a model.

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    Gerry D:
    The robot of your life? Jeepers, you certainly don’t aim too high…

    I would have thought that you would be interested in something like this:

    ( video deleted from here to save visual space )

    It does give a new meaning to a woman being a model.

    Ya gotta hand it to the Japanese, they do make some very fine robots. Now as to their choice of sex for the robots, (can robots have sex? A topic for another discussion, but not on here.), is probably because a female look-a-like generally goes a lot better with the public than a male look-a-like. I could not imagine a sumo wrestler as a receptionist, but a sock puppet……

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  18. John Walker:

    Gerry D:
    I could not imagine a sumo wrestler as a receptionist, but a sock puppet……

    Or, talk to the velociraptor.

    It looks like it is about $100 a night.

    Here is the English page. 

    The hotel is far away from me in Nagasaki. Too bad we can’t get someone nearer to be our reporter.

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  19. The name of the hotel is. Henna Hotel which can be translated “strange” or “weird” hotel. It did surprise me to see a robot “bellboy”. That is an interesting concept.

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  20. I do have to say that a lot of Japanese staff I have dealt with are fairly robotic. They say the exact same things when dealing with customers. I throw them curves just to get them to smile and have to think a little. Also when staff remembers you they can help you later when there is a difficulty.

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