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Google’s Plan to Make Assistant Actually Useful

Released last year, Google Assistant hasn’t really proven itself useful outside of checking the weather, searching Google, or setting an alarm using voice commands. So far it’s been limited to just basic features that are more than matched by other smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. But Google is trying to change that. Read More >>

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Turn Your Roomba Into the Star Wars Droid You Already Pretend It Is

iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaners are about the closest thing you can get to having a real Star Wars droid at home. In fact, many Roomba owners are happy to pretend their robovac is just a shorter version of R2-D2 while it works away, and this decal set will help make that even more believable. Read More >>

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Roomba’s New Tiny Robot Mops Instead of Sucks

Roombas are, presumably, very cool. Sharing a home with a black lab, a white Persian and a lot of rugs with tassels means I would not know. Roombas are for people with wall to wall carpets. Or rugs sans the tassels. Read More >>

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iRobot is Selling its Military Robotics Division to Focus On Cute House Cleaners

On Thursday, Robot manufacturer iRobot announced that it would be selling off its military line of robots to Arlington Capital Partners to be spun off into a new company. All to better focus on the growing market for home robotics. Read More >>

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This Roomba Maps Your House So it Won’t Keep Ramming Into Your Sofa

It’s not going to mow your lawn, but the freshly revealed, Wi-Fi-friendly Roomba 980 can be controlled by your smartphone, plus uses a camera and sensors to create a map of your home. Read More >>

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Inside the Experimental Robotics Lab Where Machines are Getting Softer

Last week, an artificially intelligent robot scared me to death. The next day, I travelled to a university lab where I met robots designed to do the exact opposite. Big, soft, and inflatable, these robots are Disney characters in real life. Your grandma’s going to love them. That’s the idea. Read More >>

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Why Mop When a Genius Robot Can Do it Better?

Name someone who likes to mop. You can't because no one does, so thankfully iRobot has a brand new mopping robot—the Scooba 450—to make your floors shine. Read More >>

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These Next Generation Drones Carry Gear and Machine Guns into Battle

When most people hear the word "drone," they probably picture a cockpit free plane zipping over the Iraqi desert. But there's more to it than that. The US Army is in the process of adopting a whole new generation of unmanned vehicles that will assist soldiers on the battlefield, and they're by far the scariest remote-controlled cars you'll ever see. Read More >>

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iRobot Makes It Easier To Show Up To Work While At Home In Your PJs

Email, the internet, and a host of other advancements in office technology have finally made the dream of working from home a reality. But sometimes you just need to be in the office, and thanks to a collaboration between iRobot and Cisco, you still don't need to change out of your pyjamas to get chewed out by your boss. Read More >>

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DARPA’s Robot Hand Is Almost as Capable as What’s on Your Arm

Gone are the days when we could look at cutting-edge robots and at least take some satisfaction in the fact that the human body was still superior. It seems like DARPA is getting closer and closer to outdoing Mother Nature, this time with its ARM-H robot hand that's as impressively dextrous as it is cheap and durable. Read More >>

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iRobot’s Inflatable Arm Could Be the Future of Grappling

If you remember our Bots of War series from last year, than you are familiar with iRobot's hardcore military robot fleet. But just because they're awesome doesn't mean they're done evolving. The comping generations may have lightweight, inflatable arms. Read More >>

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The Cheapest Roomba Just Got Way Better

The Roomba 500 Series is dead. Long live the 600 Series! iRobot is giving some products a very nice upgrade today, starting with its entry-level robotic floor vacuums. Read More >>

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The Robot Doctors of the Future Are Coming

Remember how in sci-fi tomorrowland we were promised that doctors would be followed around by robots who knew your medical history by rote and could make sure that nothing gets missed? Well, we've woken up in the future because shit just got real. Read More >>

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Inside iRobot’s Vault of Failed Experimental Robots

The Roomba wasn't the first machine iRobot had in the works. In fact, at the company's headquarters in Massachusetts, all the flawed prototypes reside in a secret vault of old bots—mechanised ideas that never came to fruition. Read More >>