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CNBC reports that "electronics companies have, for years, paraded around flashy, futuristic prototypes of consumer robots. They’ve pointed to a not-too-distant future where people will have roaming robot helpers around their home that can do the dishes or even act as a personal masseuse. So far, few of those predictions have panned out, and they largely remain the stuff of science fiction."

Amazon, for example, which has been in the robotics business for years, seems to be dumbing down its robots to some degree - at a recent conference, the robotics it displayed "were designed to look more practical, and many of the devices could only do a few simple tasks."

But that's not the end of it, as Amazon is considering opening up kits program to third party developers, which could allow for the building of new skills and fast track the process going forward.

You can read the story here.