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iRobot might not be a familiar name to you, but surely you have heard of the company’s Roomba robot vacuums (and the parodies that go along with it). The autonomous vacuum cleaners are capable of navigating rooms in your house, avoid obstacles and clean both hardwoods floors and carpet without you even lifting a finger. However, iRobot’s CEO Colin Angle raised some eyebrows earlier this week in an interview that he gave with Reuters. In effort to add a new revenue stream for the company, Angle talked about a way that mapping data that Roombas gather while cleaning your home could be beneficial in other markets. “There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver... Read more...
We may not have flying cars or homes above the clouds as portrayed in The Jetsons, but as we dive deeper into the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) categories, our everyday gadgets are becoming smarter and more capable than ever before. So it is with iRobot's latest Roomba vacuum, the Roomba 980. Out of all the Roombas iRobot has produced since the very first model back in 2002, the Roomba 980 is the first one to combine adaptive navigation with visual localization to clean your pad for two hours, recharge itself, then continue sucking up dirt and debris until it vacuums an entire level of a home. iRobot is calling this functionality vSLAM, which stands for visual simultaneous localization and... Read more...
Controlling defense and security robots is about to become easier. Robot manufacturer iRobot Corp announced the uPoint Multi-Robot Control (MRC) system for its line of defense and security robots that are used on the battlefield and for law enforcement. The uPoint MRC is a universal control system for the company’s robots that runs through an Android-based app and will be compatible with a “range of ruggedized and consumer Android-based touchscreen tablets.” Thanks to touchscreen technology, users will be able to drive and manipulate robots in a simplified manner. "Success as a robot operator during high-stress, critical operations depends on precise and reliable control, so... Read more...
Everyone wants a vacuum that sucks, though some suck more than others. Such is the claim iRobot makes with its new Roomba 800 Series, the next generation Roomba cleaning system that really, really sucks (in a good way, of course!). In fact, iRobot claims its newest self-propelled vacuum is up to 50 percent better at picking up dirt, debris, and hair from your floor compared to previous models. The Roomba 800 series introduces new AeroForce Extractors that are designed to amplify suction. This technology also breaks down debris so that the Roomba no longer chokes on tangled hair, thereby requiring less maintenance, which is what this vacuum is all about in the first place (maintenance free cleaning).... Read more...