Introduction If you're going to let a semi-autonomous machine clean your floors, you'll want to enjoy living with it. With a retail price of $699, the iRobot Roomba 790 is the second most expensive of the robot vacuum cleaners we've reviewed so far. but this friendly workhorse whirs about with more charm and personality than any of the other robot vacuums in this test group. If you plan to use your robot vacuum on hardwood or another hard floor surface, the Roomba 790 is an excellent choice, as it outperformed the other robots we tested on this … Read more
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When mankind is no more, we can leave behind proof of our existence with the Superman Memory Crystal. Yay us! An artist and a beekeeper employ 80,000 bees to make sculptures out of honeycomb, and the Drone It Yourself kit lets you make anything fly. All that and more on this week's Crave. … Read more
Finally, the game that will knock Katamari Damacy off its lofty perch has arrived. The future lies not with collecting items with a giant sticky ball, but with cleaning them up, vacuum style. From Stolidus Simulations comes possibly the most amazing simulation game we've ever seen: Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013.
Calling itself "the most realistic robot vacuum simulator ever" (a claim with which we have absolutely no dispute), Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013 sees you collecting detritus off the floor in a two modes: campaign and duel.
The game is a significant upgrade to its predecessor, Robot Vacuum Simulator 2012. While 2012 saw you steering your vacuum cleaner in a two-dimensional, top-down environment, 2013 has added a mind-blowing third dimension for a third-person perspective. … Read more
iRobot wants to help you stay away from work meetings, a sentiment we can all applaud.
Developed with Cisco's TelePresence technology, the autonomously navigating machine is like a large, rolling webcam that lets remote users take part in "meetings and presentations where movement and location spontaneity are important." … Read more
What big feature will be missing from the Wii U on launch day?
Bad news for first-day Wii U buyers: the company has announced that the TVii service, which was promised to be available at launch, will now not be live until sometime in December. In addition, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Amazon Instant Video will now be going live in the coming weeks. This is certainly a blow for Nintendo, which can't seem to get things ready for any launch -- you'll recall that the 3DS launched without access to the virtual eShop store, … Read more
It's quite an innovative way to improve your air without bothering to plug in air fresheners, and it attaches to Roomba in a snap. It's no wonder the two guys behind Robot Add-ons are from iRobot. … Read more
Is Roomba going square?
The $74 million deal brings the compact, lightweight Mint into the iRobot fold, giving the vacubot maker another product to tackle floors that aren't carpeted.
The scrubber was a potential rival to iRobot's Scooba robot. Now iRobot will get Evolution's know-how in sensing, navigation, and artificial intelligence, built up over 10 years.
"It's more about growing our capabilities -- both product line and long-term … Read more
When MIT roboticists wanted to launch an automated domestic vacuum cleaner for the masses, some of their backers balked at calling it a "robot." People wouldn't accept a robot in their homes, they said.
Ten years and more than 6 million sales later, iRobot's Roomba has proved that robots are very welcome. In fact, we can't wait for them to do more than just suck up dirt.
Roomba marks a milestone today, a decade since first rolling off the production line in 2002. In branding the machine, iRobot, a military-robotics company, tried to convey a sense of movement and fun along with "room" to emphasize being at home. The "Roomba" is now in homes around the world. … Read more
Autumn is a-comin' down the track, and with it the whiff of rotting leaves and election promises. Robots can clear away the former now, the latter after the revolution.
iRobot is updating its Looj gutter cleaner, a leaf-churner extraordinaire that reduces the time it takes to unclog your gutters.
If you're not familiar with Looj, it's a portable, waterproof, rotating scrubber on treads. You set it in your eavestrough and it trundles along, spitting out leaves, needles, and other gunk with its spinning rubber flaps. Messy but effective. … Read more