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The 2017 TechCrunch Include Progress Report

This is the second annual TechCrunch Include Progress Report. Covering diversity and inclusion in the tech industry cannot be done in a vacuum. As aspects of identity are intersectional, so too should

Roombas will soon be able to build a WiFi coverage map of your house

iRobot CEO Colin Angle has talked a lot about his company’s plans to make its popular robotic vacuum and integral part of the connected home. Honestly though, those plans have been pretty vague. Tod

Kuri the adorable home robot starts shipping to pre-order customers

Kuri, the home robot that wants to be more companion and less Roomba, has begun shipping out to customers. Kuri creator Mayfield Robotics, a Bosch-owned startup, revealed that its initial shipments ha

Roomba gets IFTTT functionality

iRobot’s been talking a lot about its plans to make the Roomba an essential part of the connected home. The process has been a bit slow going — the company added WiFi connectivity in 2015 and Alex

iRobot’s CEO says the company never planned to sell Roomba home mapping data

This was not the conversation iRobot CEO Colin Angle expected to have this week. In the past few days, iRobot posted excellent Q2 earnings, thanks to brisk Prime Day Roomba sales, and acquired its la

iRobot to acquire its biggest European distributor for $141M

Consumer robot maker iRobot is to acquire its largest European distributor, Robopolis, in a cash deal worth $141 million. The company said it's signed a definitive agreement to acquire the privately-h

iRobot’s CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns arise

iRobot CEO Colin Angle has been talking about his company’s plans to map user homes with the Roomba for a while now, but a recently published Reuters interview has raised a number of new privacy con

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

DeepMind's AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, the best human Go player in the world. It was a defining technological moment not unlike IBM's Deep Blue beating chess champion Garry Kasparov, or IBM Watson beatin

Helping students transition from the laboratory to robotics startup

A student at Monday’s TC Sessions: Robotics event in Cambridge asked me “How do I launch a successful startup?” I explained that I might not be the person at the show best equipped to answer, bu

Watch all of the panels from TC Sessions: Robotics right here

The robotics industry is at an important crossroads. We were honored to host many of the greatest minds in the field as industry and university leaders joined us at TC Sessions: Robotics, including Am

This famous roboticist doesn’t think Elon Musk understands AI

Earlier this week, at the campus of MIT, TechCrunch had the chance to sit down with famed roboticist Rodney Brooks, the founding director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence La

Here are some of the groundbreaking robots you’ll see at TC Sessions: Robotics next week

TC Sessions: Robotics takes place on Monday, July 17 at MIT, and the agenda is stacked with the best minds, engineers and founders in the robotic industry. And many are bringing some mechanical friend

Five reasons to attend TC Sessions: Robotics next week at MIT

Next week TechCrunch is hosting its first ever one-day event centered around robotics. Called TC Sessions: Robotics, there are still a few general admission tickets left which grant the holder access

TC Sessions: Robotics to feature talks from Rod Brooks, DARPA and MIT CSAIL

The agenda for TC Sessions: Robotics just keeps getting more irresistible. We are happy to announce that Rod Brooks, co-founder of Rethink Robotics and iRobot, will join us on stage at TechCrunch’s

‘A robot doesn’t have to shoot back,’ Rodney Brooks says of machines in the military

Rethink Robotics co-founder and CTO, former CSAIL director and all-around robot luminary Rodney Brooks joined the Disrupt New York stage this afternoon to tackle some complex questions, ranging from r

Rethink Robotics and iRobot founder Rod Brooks is coming to Disrupt NY

In 1997, robotic scientist Rodney Brooks predicted a future where sensors and robots would be pervasive, and people could simply tell a door to open. His prognostication has come to pass. Brooks will

iRobot adds WiFi and Alexa functionality to more Roombas

Back in March, iRobot announced that it would be bringing Alexa functionality to its 980 Roomba, letting users with an Echo clean their home with a simple voice command. Today, that functionality expa

iRobot’s CEO cofounded a non-profit that creates robots designed to vacuum up lionfish

In an early demo video, the Guardian LF1 bobs around in shallow water, a strange transparent cylinder trailed by cables and sporting a pair of fans underneath. A pair of metal spatula arms extend out

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’

How baby dolls, mine sweepers and Mars rovers led iRobot to the Roomba

The iRobot museum is located in the main building of its Bedford, Massachusetts headquarters. It’s more of a hallway, really, tucked behind a security door just off the building’s lobby, sporting
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