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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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Black+Decker’s New Robovac Compresses Dirt Into Discs That Are Easy to Throw Away

Robots have been cleaning our floors ever since the first Roomba arrived 14 years ago, but it’s not a completely hands-off task yet. You still have to occasionally clean out your robovac’s dirt bin, which Black+Decker is making a little easier with its new Smartech Robotic Vacuum that compresses debris into discs that are easy to dispose of. Read More >>

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Improved AI Means LG’s New Robovac Goes Around Furniture, But Tells Humans to Move

The days of robot vacuums blindly bumping into objects around your home as they clean are long gone. Improved sensor technologies mean robovacs can intelligently spot and avoid obstacles well before a collision occurs, and LG’s new autonomous cleaner goes one step further by interacting with humans it encounters. Read More >>

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How to Build a Low-Budget Roomba

If you hate vacuuming as much as you hate spending money, it turns out you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an autonomous robotic vacuum like the Roomba. With some scavenged electronics and a cheap handheld vac, you can just build your own. Read More >>