21 years ago I started work in a small robotics company in the North of England. They built experimental autonomous and semi autonomous robot platforms for researchers and industry. I saw my first concept robot vaccum cleaner 20 years ago. I remember well the discussions one of the engineers about the challenges of building everyday robots in terms of functionality, compute requirements, safety and cost. The time line from concept research to mainstream manufacturing is always a sobering one as is understanding market requirments to drive product adoption and growth. I was reminded of all these when reading a BBC article on lawnmowing robots entering into the market. If you are interested in robotics (or have a large garden) worth a read. Click on the image or the title to learn more.