09/30/2010, The Roomba was deemed to be a whole lot more intelligent compared to a “dumb” vacuum cleaner that required human hands to lead the machine along the floor of your home, sucking up evil dust bunnies in the process. Well, when the Roomba was introduced, it set the whole world talking simply because the Roomba could be left alone to clean up whatever dust and dirt that’s around your home. […]
05/04/2010, The Apple iPad has certainly been a success in its own right, and has fast fallen under the net of clone manufacturers for good reason – after all, why not ride on the popularity of a device that has sold over a million in less than half a year since its release? The M003 Apad you see here is also known as the iRobot, albeit it runs off the Android […]
12/16/2009, There’s a new vacuum robot in Silicon Valley: Neato has officially launched and it aims at grabbing the top spot from Roomba, the current champion in the robotic vacuum category. To take on Roomba, Neato is said to solve old problems that iRobot (the company behind Roomba) never really improved (because of the lack of competition?). Smarter: Roomba is pretty dumb. It does not know where it is, and it […]
10/13/2009, A presentation from iRobot shows a primitive, but working, concept of soft and deformable robot. The deformable shell not only allows the robot to change shape and size, but it can also be used as a “muscle” to initiate motion. Check out the video.
05/26/2009, We’ve been using a Roomba and a Scooba in the office for some time and it’s true that they are having a hard-time with corners. Fortunately, there are few corners and they are quite small in surface. However, iRobot‘s engineers just want to get it right so they worked on it and patented a new robot that would be able to clean corners as well. In our view, such a […]
05/18/2009, It won’t be long now before robots become commonplace on the battlefield. Take the iRobot Ember for instance – this new microbot was specially developed for military applications, where it is in essence a miniaturized PackBot that boasts the full array of iRobot’s flipper technology, letting it right itself and climb over obstacles as and when required. The whole idea of the iRobot Ember is to set up an ad-hoc […]
05/13/2009, For some mothers, the iRobot Roomba is meant to clean up the mess on a floor, and not to create one! Which is why they will probably freak out at the sight of this hacked Roomba that comes complete with printer parts, treating your floor like its personal canvas, going about printing an image in powder. At least it is able to clean up once it is done, but that […]