gadgets
If You’re a Zillionaire Neat Freak, iRobot’s New Roomba and Mop Bot Are a Dream Come True

While most home robots never see much success with consumers, iRobot’s made a nice little niche for itself with its Roombas. The company has announced its most advanced bot to date—the Roomba s9+: A self-emptying, room-memorising cleaner that also costs a whopping £1,500 to start. Oh...and iRobot has also gotten around to refreshing its Braava Jet mop to be a hell of a lot more useful. Read More >>

gadgets
iRobot Finally Makes a Roomba That Empties Itself

With the new i7+, it looks like iRobot is taking robot vacuums a step closer to truly being a hands-free way to keep your floors clean. Instead of having to constantly empty the robot’s tiny dirt bin, the i7+ has an oversized dock that transfers dust and debris into a larger reservoir with disposable bags that don’t have to be tossed as frequently. Read More >>

consumer tech
Robovacs Are Terrible, and a Bad Gift Idea

Listen to me, no one needs a robovac of any kind. Whether it’s a Roomba, an EcoVac, or a cheap Anker like what I’ve got—they’re nothing more than infant-sized metal-and plastic turds that push small piles of dirt around and scream when they cannot figure out what “rugs” are. They are inefficient, wasteful annoyances that enable laziness and poor cleaning habits. Read More >>

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Your Roomba’s Also a Half-Decent Nanny

Need to run downstairs to fetch the laundry? Or maybe there’s a phone call you just have to take? Life with a baby can make even the smallest chores feel like a herculean task if you don’t have a nanny. But it turns out, if you keep your floors clean using a robot, maybe you do have a nanny and just didn’t realize it. Read More >>

internet of things
Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximise efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy. Read More >>

google
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 >>

design
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 >>

gadgets
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 >>

robots
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 >>

history
The Family Dinner of the Future From 1981 Looks Bloody Depressing

What will the family dinner of the future look like? According to the 1981 kids’ book Tomorrow’s Home, it’s filled with robots, computers, and tasty synthetic foods. Except upon closer inspection, everybody looks downright miserable. Read More >>

robots
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 >>

wtf
Astronomers are Furious About the Roomba Lawnmower

What could the makers of Roomba and astronomers possibly be arguing over? This is the story of how an obscure slice of the electromagnetic spectrum become the object of one bitter fight. Read More >>

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Dyson Teases Low-Rise, Camera-Enabled Project N223

Dyson's engineers are working on a new thing, and judging by the clues given out in its teaser video it may be planning to slowly trundle into Roomba's automated vacuuming world. Read More >>

robots
The Cheap Sub-£30 Roomba Alternative That Doesn’t Suck (But Probably Does)

If the Roomba's £300 price tag is too rich for your blood, but you're still on the hunt for a lazy way to clean your floors, OCedar's roving, spinning O-Duster might just fit the bill. Read More >>