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This Robovac With a Removable Dustbuster Created More Messes Than it Cleaned

The dirty secret about robot vacuums is that they can’t actually clean your entire house. They’re great for floors, but are completely useless for cleaning all of your other other dust-covered surfaces. It’s a problem the Coral One—a robovac with a removable handheld cleaner—was engineered to solve. Its design is undoubtedly a clever solution to the problem, but the execution, unfortunately, isn’t the answer to our robovac woes. Read More >>

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A New Robovac Merged a Roomba With a DustBuster To Create a Potential Dust-Killing Machine

Even after spending hundreds of pounds on the new self-emptying Roomba, there will still be lots of places in your home that require another vacuum to clean them. It’s a problem common to all robot vacuums—except the new Coral One. Built into this robovac is a removable hand vac that can be used to clean anywhere in your home the floor-constrained robot can’t—like stairs or shelves. Read More >>

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Lego-Sweeping Robovac Made of Lego Bricks Is the Best Thing to Happen to Bare Feet

If you’ve got kids at home, or if you’re just incredibly careless with your own Lego collection, YouTube’s The Brick Wall has built a Roomba-like robovac that sweeps any errant plastic pieces off your floors, letting you finally walk around barefoot with impunity. Read More >>

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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 >>