When the pandemic hit last year, many households found out they didn’t have enough bandwidth to support two parents on work-related video conferences, one child doing research on the Internet, another FaceTiming with Grandma and a third kid gaming in the basement.
For those who could afford it, the rush was on to upgrade their home network — the infrastructure that brings in megabits at a fast enough rate to feed the many connected devices we now have in our homes. After the initial need was met — making sure working parents could work remotely, kids could join virtual classrooms, and everyone could show up for telehealth appointments with their doctors — a new frontier opened. Once you upgrade your network, a whole world of gadgetry awaits. Samsung, for example, has a real-life Rosie in development. Like the Jetsons’ maid, Bot Handy is programmed, using artificial intelligence, to recognize and pick up stuff around the house — and you thought robot vacuums were cool.
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