New AI robots developed by Toyota are being tested to perform a variety of tasks around the home, including cleaning, decluttering, and tending to individuals with physical needs. This can include jobs like wiping a counter, loading a dishwasher, or helping the elderly with daily chores.

Moving this type of robot from the theoretical to the practical will require advances in the integration of AI, computer simulation, and the cloud. In order for the robots to learn, a virtual reality environment must be created that shows the robots how to perform specific tasks. Then the robots can use machine learning to decipher the optimal movements to navigate complex environments and ultimately perform everyday chores.

Watch a demonstration of the robot technology from the Toyota Research Institute: