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  • With Alexa integration and mapping, iRobot aims to make Roomba the center of the smart home

    With Alexa integration and mapping, iRobot aims to make Roomba the center of the smart home

    iRobot CEO Colin Angle has been repeating for some time now that the next step in the evolution of the company’s hit Roomba vacuum is becoming a connective tissue for the smart home. This morning’s announcement takes it a couple of steps closer to that dream, introducing Alexa voice integration and advances to the robotic vacuum’s mapping system. Read More

  • Fluffy dog tails could be the next step in robot-human interaction

    Fluffy dog tails could be the next step in robot-human interaction

    The IEEE unearthed a fascinating 2013 study that showed that a cute dog tail does more than just amuse — it can communicate. The study, created by Ashish Singh and James Young, posited that a Roomba with a tail attached could communicate quickly and easily with a human — a fast, excited wag means things are going OK, while a slow side to side motion shows disdain. “Any… Read More

  • Intuition Robotics raised $6 million for its ElliQ elder care assistant robot

    Intuition Robotics raised $6 million for its ElliQ elder care assistant robot

    Intuition Robotics, maker of elder care assistant ElliQ, announced today that it has raised $6 million in funding from iRobot and equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. With the funding, the Jerusalem-based company plans to open an office in the Bay Area and begin testing ElliQ with senior citizens in San Francisco. Read More

  • iRobot says 20 percent of the world’s vacuums are now robots

    iRobot says 20 percent of the world’s vacuums are now robots

    Robot vacuums may have once seemed an eccentricity, but they now represent a non-trivial portion of the overall vacuum market – 20 percent worldwide, according to iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle, who I spoke to at TechCrunch Beijing 2016. And Roomba makes up 70 percent of that market, giving iRobot a commanding lead in the space. Exactly how many robots does that translate to? Over… Read More

  • Why iRobot’s Colin Angle thinks the smart home starts with a robot vacuum

    Why iRobot’s Colin Angle thinks the smart home starts with a robot vacuum

    Robots — and the smart home in general — are a hot topic, and it’s one where an enormous amount of investment is happening right now. There are many companies like Nest and Ring that are trying to target segments of the home in the hopes of making everything smarter. But it’s easy to forget that the home is still a physical space, and in order for everything to… Read More

  • iRobot debuts a more affordable 900 series Roomba

    iRobot debuts a more affordable 900 series Roomba

    The thing that sticks out at you most about the second member of the Roomba 900 series is the robotic vacuum’s price. At $700, it’s not cheap, really, but it’s at least slightly more within reach than its $900 predecessor, the 980 — a move that comes as a handful of manufacturers have undercut the Massachusetts-based company in the space it helped pioneer. The 960… Read More

  • iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    In an effort to divest itself of the defense and security market, iRobot has sold its D&S assets to form another company dedicated to all things military. The new company is led by CEO Sean Bielat, a former Marine officer. From the release: The iRobot Defense & Security (D&S) organization is excited to announce that it will become a standalone, privately held Robotics… Read More

  • The New Roomba 980 Can Now Watch Your Dirt

    The New Roomba 980 Can Now Watch Your Dirt

    It knows when you’ve been sleeping, it knows when you’re awake, it knows when your kids spilled Rice Krispies next to the couch and covered the spill with the dog. The new Roomba 980 is a round robotic vacuum with a new twist. While previous models got around by bumping into things and coming to the edge of stairs, the new 980 uses a low-res video camera to “map”… Read More