• 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

  • Anker launches sister brand for home automation

    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 Eufy (pronounced ‘you-fee’), a new brand for a line of products aimed to make your home life a bit more high-tech. One of the company’s inaugural products is RoboVac 20, a… 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

  • 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

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

    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 that existing field, and has a built-in robotic eye that lets it see its environment, and map out exactly where it has been and where it hasn’t for optimal cleaning. Like all Dyson vacuums… Read More

  • TC Makers: An Evening With iRobot

    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 brush with autonomous robotics. The Roomba’s brains came from a military minesweeper, its parts came from kids’ toys, and its mission – to clean up after us puny humans –… Read More

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

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

    After 22 years of existence, iRobot has come a long way and is still releasing new models of its home cleaning robots. The Looj 330 has been completely redesigned to improve your gutter cleaning experience. In the vacuuming robot line, the Roomba 600 series has been updated as well with redesigned brushes and a better air system. Read More

  • Smarbo: Toshiba Announces Roomba Competitor

    Smarbo: Toshiba Announces Roomba Competitor

    The Roomba just got new competition from Japan: Toshiba has announced [JP] a new cleaning robot today, the so-called Smarbo (which is probably short for “Smart Robot”). Just like its US counterpart, the Toshiba robot is primarily intended for use in households. Toshiba built quite a few features into the robot, for example two CPUs (details unknown), a camera, and a set of 38… Read More

  • 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 surface. The DIY kit uses a modded Roomba and unique chassis to offer stability and impressive speed to this little robot. Read More

  • 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 dusts and wet mops floors and you can add Swiffer cloths to it. It’s much smaller than the Roomba and I’d actually wager it’s a bit more handsome. This is truly an exciting time… Read More

  • How did we miss this laser-scanning super robot vacuum?

    Not sure how we missed this robotic vacuum but this bugger uses lasers to scan your room and grab dust and lint as it goes. It’s quite cute how this little fellow does everything the Roomba does but, seemingly, it does it better. One more video after the jump. Read More

  • Finally, Roombas enacting a game of Pac-Man

    Yes. It is finished. We can shut down NASA, DARPA, all the arts and sciences, and stop trying now. The pinnacle of human achievement has been reached. Robot vacuums have been hacked to play the parts in a real-life game of Pac-Man. Video inside. Read More

  • Woot! Refurbished Roomba 530 for $130

    The only thing that scares me more than cleaning is robots, so I’m gonna sit this one out. But if you’re not afraid of robots or refurbished technology products, then $130 for an iRobot Roomba 530, charging station, and virtual wall unit is a wheel of a deal. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Roomba 500 robotic vacuum for $199

    A vacuuming robot: you know you want one. I have a Roomba. It sits in its box under my desk ever since we hired a cleaning person to come twice a month. Seriously, though, you should get a robotic vacuum. Amazon has knocked $80 off one of the higher-end Roomba units, the 500 series, bringing it to a cool $199 with free shipping (today only). Read More

  • New Roomba coming soon UPDATE

    So our original hunch was correct: a new Roomba is currently in beta stage and it will be an evolution of the 550 series. It will be all black with a textured surface and this model, strangely enough, is missing the top handle. It will have a smaller base and lighthouses – the invisible walls you put in the house – that use C batteries and have an on/off switch. There is a better… Read More

  • Square/new Roomba coming sooner than later?

    Could a new Roomba be hitting the streets? Tipster Kason Jinkaid writes: Not sure if this excites you, but I heard from a Costco salesperson
    that they’re getting new Roombas “soon”, though that could mean
    months. They aren’t stocking the ones they’ve been carrying (model
    550). Also Woot just sold off a bunch for 535s for ~$100 less than
    what they usually sell… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Roomba 535 for $150

    If you’re a stickler for clean floors (note: I am not) but you can’t afford a live-in maid to clean them every day (note: I can not) and you’re not afraid of robots (note: I am, deathly) then perhaps you need a Roomba. Read More

  • Square Roomba could change your life

    Friends, every morning I wake up, look at myself in the mirror, and choke up. Look at me: a 34-year-old man, overweight, exhausted, with acid reflux and sleep apnea. I feel like the underside of a bench at the Greyhound depot. But then see stuff like this. That’s right: that, people, is a Roomba with freaking corners. Read More