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’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

Flux: Robot Queen Helen Greiner on robots, drones and the self-aware Roomba

In an interview for Flux, I sat down with Helen Greiner, the co-founder of iRobot. We got into how founders should think about timing a market, navigating user adoption cycles and iterating on produ

‘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

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

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

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 Ro

Anker launches sister brand for home automation

Smartphone accessory brand Anker is mostly known for its battery packs, chargers and other popular gizmos for gadget fans. In addition to its tech-on-the-go brand, it today announces the launch of Eu

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 reac

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

Dyson Reveals Its All-Seeing Robot Vacuum, The 360 Eye

Dyson teased a new product announcement last week, and now it’s unveiling what many suspected it might: a robotic vacuum, called the Dyson 360 Eye. This Roomba-competitor offers greater suction

TC Makers: An Evening With iRobot

Deep in the wilds outside of Boston a team of mad scientists created the ultimate in robotic life: the iRobot Roomba, the ubiquitous, world-famous automatic vacuum that, for many of us, is our first b

iRobot Releases New Versions Of Its Vacuuming Robot And Gutter Cleaning Robot

After 22 years of existence, <a target="_blank" href="">iRobot</a> has come a long way and is still releasing new models of its home cleaning robots. The Looj 330 has been comple

Smarbo: Toshiba Announces Roomba Competitor

The <a href="">Roomba</a> just got new competition from Japan: <a href="">Toshiba</a> has <a href="

DIY All-Terrain Roomba

The All -Terrain Roomba isn’t brand new but recent updates have made it a formidable opponent to stairs, lumps of dirt, and other obstacles that stand between you and a completely clean Martian

The Mint Automatic Roboswiffer: Like Roomba but more like Robocop

What the deuce? This looks like some sort of Swiffer/robot cyborg that mated with an Apple power supply. Apparently the Mint floor cleaner is available for $249 and is now on pre-order. The sweeper du
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