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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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Genius Hoover-Hating Dog Figured Out How to Turn Off Its Owner’s Roomba

Dogs are some of the most loving and affectionate pets you can own, but they do have one sworn enemy: vacuum cleaners. They’ll incessantly bark, or run and hide while you’re cleaning your floors. But one dog adapted to its owner’s Roomba wandering all over the house like it owns the place—it’s apparently learned how to turn the damn thing off. 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 >>

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Makita’s Robo-Vac Uses Power Tool Batteries to Clean Workshop Floors for Hours

Even the most advanced robotic vacuums are only designed to deal with dust, light dirt, and the occasional food scraps. Try to put them to work on the sawdust-covered floors in your workshop and you’ll quickly find them clogged and in need of rescue. What you need instead is a robo-vac from a toolmaker like Makita. Read More >>

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Autonomous Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Set For June UK Release

Supreme Lord Dyson has finally got his home help robot together enough to give it an official launch date, with a new teaser of the autonomous vacuum suggesting it'll be on sale in the UK within six weeks. 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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Snap a Photo in Your Home to Tell LG’s New Robovac Where to Clean

Robovacs make at least one household chore a little easier, but with limited intelligence you can’t just tell them what rooms need cleaning. So LG’s HOM-BOT Turbo+ introduces a new feature which allows users snap a photo of their home and simply tap where the robovac needs to make another pass. Read More >>

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Dyson Vows to Take Siemens and Bosch to the Cleaners Over Alleged Volkswagen-esque Cheating

There’s drama, real drama, in the world of vacuum cleaners. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), nobody’s been gobbled up by an oversized Henry Hoover. Rather, Dyson has laid into its rivals, accusing Siemens and Bosch of cheating power-testing regimes, in a similar manner to Volkswagen with its emissions software and, going back a couple of years, Samsung with mobile phone benchmarks (allegedly). Read More >>

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Samsung POWERbot VR9000 Review: A Luxury Vac Worth the Price Tag

Like a fancy touchscreen watch that reminds you to buy milk, a robot vacuum is a luxury few of us actually need — but many of us would love to have. Read More >>

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There’s No Wrong Side Up With Vax’s Flippable Vacuum

Canister vacuums are lighter and more manoeuvrable than a stick-style vac, but you often have to keep running over to rescue them when they get stuck or even flipped upside down. To help alleviate both problems, the Vax AirRevolve is designed as a self-contained cylinder with over-sized wheels to clamber over anything and clever engineering to let it keep on sucking no matter how it gets flipped. Read More >>