The use of robots around the home to mow lawns, vacuum floors, pull guard duty and perform other chores is set to surge sevenfold by 2007, says a new UN survey, which credits dropping prices for the robot boom.

The increase in domestic robots coincides with record orders for industrial robots, the UN's annual World Robotics Survey adds.

The report, issued Wednesday by the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the International Federation of Robotics, says 607,000 automated domestic helpers were in use at the end of 2003, two thirds of them purchased last year.

Yahoo! News - UN report suggests use of domestic robots to surge to 4.1 million by 2007


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