But social robots aren't just finding their way into the home. They have potential applications in everything from education to health care and are already finding their way into some of these spaces, Breazeal said.
Fellow Robots is one company bringing social robots to retail. The company's "Oshbot" robot is built to assist customers in a store.
Last year, Fellow Robots partnered with Lowe's to develop Oshbot, which basically acts like a sales assistant that can help the customers find items and help guide them to the product's location in the store. It can also speak different languages and make recommendations for different items based on what the customer is shopping for.
The more interaction the robot has with humans, the more it learns, said Marco Mascorro, Fellow Robot's founder and chief technology officer.
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But Oshbot, like other social robots, is not intended to replace workers, but to work alongside other employees, Mascorro said.
"There is this idea that robots do things for people, but this is a different paradigm," Breazeal said. "There is a shift in social robotics of training technologies that don't do things for us, but do things with us."