Last, but definitely not least, here’s Rosie the Robot! She is the last remaining member of the family to visit us here at Sun City Peachtree. Rosie was busy vacuuming up the mess Elroy made while eating snacks in the back seat of the Jetson’s aerocar, so it took her a while to catch up.
Rosie is the Jetson’s family robot, maid, and housekeeper. Although she is an older model (an XB-500), she does a good job getting the work done. Besides, Jane couldn’t afford a newer model, and this was the only one U-Rent A Maid could offer at the right price.
The robot is mostly made of blue metal, and she rolls around on wheels. I’m thinking Rosie may need some WD-40 on her wheels, though, because she makes loud grinding and clicking sounds as she moves around. That’s how I knew she was here!
Rosie’s other features include claw-like arms that can extend to play sports. Cool! That would have come in handy when my brother and I were growing up! Her cylindrical head features lips that look like small doors and eyes that resemble dials and sometimes light up. Although her eyes mostly point upwards, they can move slightly to show different emotions. If they are pointed towards each other, that means Rosie is sad. Watch out if they are pointed outward and horizontally, because that means she is mad!
Since Rosie is a maid, her uniform includes a maid’s hat, a dress, and an apron. To complete the look, she has antennae on the sides of her head.
According to Rosie, her XB-500 model is wired for tape analysis, which means she is compatible to read magnetic tape that computers used. When she is home by herself, she functions as a security system and house sitter. Otherwise, she is a traditional maid that cleans the house with a feather duster, vacuum, and other conventional cleaning tools. In addition, she operates the other household appliances.
When Rosie speaks, she has a Brooklyn accent, which evidently appeals to her boyfriend, Mac. He is also a robot and Henry Orbit’s helper. Rosie loves him dearly, but he isn’t very smart. She is definitely the more intelligent robot.
I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t mind having Rosie come by our place once in a while. She can do the vacuuming while I write about her! (I’m wondering if I could reprogram her accent to a British one, though…)
The interesting thing about Rosie and so many other things happening in the The Jetsons world is just how much of their futuristic lives became a reality decades later. Hyundai and other companies are making their own versions of Rosie, robotic vacuums now roam around people’s homes, we video chat on Zoom and other platforms, and homes are outfitted with all sorts of smart technology that people can control with their smart phones. Aerocars may not be in existence quite yet, but self-driving cars are currently being tested by Tesla, Google, and several others. Meanwhile, Branson and Bezos are preparing to fly into space in their private spaceships. How long will it be before everybody is living in the Jetson’s futuristic world?