06/02/2013 05:52 GMT | Updated 13/02/2013 04:17 GMT

5 Time-Saving Domestic Robots For Homes Of The Future (PICTURES)

The world of robots is undeniably fascinating and at times humbling. They can explore the deep sea and distant planets, and they are transforming day-to-day life everywhere from factory floors to operating theatres to the battlefield.

But they can also simplify the most annoying household chores. Here are five devices that (we hope) will one day become as mainstream in your average household as toasters, microwaves and irons.