A group from Bristol Robotics Lab and the University of Sheffield recently announced a milestone in navigation sensors for robots. The concept is mainly based on how rats use their whiskers to feel the terrain and obstacles ahead of them.
I have resisted buying a Roomba for many years due to the fact that we are a family that seems to be prone to colds and the flue and like my mom, always insisted on a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Finally, a HEPA filter is available for Roomba (along with some other interesting items) that pushed me over the edge to buy one.
Without any official announcement, iRobot has quietly cancelled the long delayed ConnectR, citing poor feedback from beta testers. The iRobot website still lists the ConnectR, and there was no announcement from iRobot of any kind.
iRobot has announced the new iRobot online video channel at youtube, named iRobot iTube. The channel is designed to give iRobot a place to feature videos from fans and consumers, so expect to see even more kitties riding a Roomba in your near future, including the following video - which is both amusing and slightly disturbing at the same time...
After iRobot slashed prices of the iRobot Looj in half this past Christmas, it seemed obvious that iRobot was clearing out the World's only Gutter Cleaning Robot to either discontinue the line or to make way for a new and improved model.
While there are already several Robotic Lawnmowers on the market today, they are all priced well above $1,000, and have not yet penetrated the consumer market. iRobot is known to be working on their own Robot Lawnmower, but it looks like a new company called RoboLabs just may beat them to market.
iRobot scored a huge hit thanks to an adorable little kitty that seems intent on taking a ride and not letting go - the Roomba Robotic Vacuum cleaner is the latest star of the newest viral video making the rounds.
It's Thanksgiving, that day when robots everywhere put aside their toils and take time out from endless mental repetition of the thought, "kill all humans", to take part in traditional holiday festivities.
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