How many of us have sworn and cursed really loudly whenever we stub our toe against some furniture, or trip over a cable? Many, we’re guessing. Thankfully, robots such as the Roomba don’t swear when it runs into furniture. Instead, it takes what it learns and tries not to let it happen again, a good philosophy we should all strive to adopt.
For those who are unfamiliar, how the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner works is that as it progresses through your rooms and your home, it starts making a map. This map allows it to better learn the layout of your home, which in turn will make it smarter and better at cleaning up in the future.
iRobot’s Roomba series of robotic vacuum cleaners are great for cleaning your home, particularly if you’re too lazy to do some yourself, or if you’re away you can even schedule it. However the downside is that you will still need to empty the Roomba yourself once everything has been completed.
Recently the makers of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner have come under fire based on a quote that its company’s CEO made to Reuters, in which according to iRobot’s CEO Colin Angle, he seemed to suggest that the mapping data of your home collected by the Roomba could be sold to other companies.
When you watch a Roomba in action when it cleans a home, you might be impressed with how it can figure out when to stop, when to turn, and how it avoids objects and obstacles in its way. We have to admit that it looks pretty amazing in action, but did you also consider the fact that while it is navigating your home that it is also collecting data about […]
Ever dropped an egg on the floor and tried to wipe it up? If you have, you know that this actually makes it worse as due to the nature of a raw egg, trying to wipe it up and treating it like spilt water will actually spread it around and make the area of mess larger than it should. So imagine doing that with another substance like dog poop, and […]
For close to a decade now it has been rumored that iRobot is looking into building robot lawn mowers, this is the company that makes the Roomba if you’re unable to figure out what it is that this company does. The company may have wanted to build such a product and even though it may have one in the pipeline it needed government approval to proceed further, which it has now […]
For all the amount of artificial intelligence that a robotic vacuum cleaner is supposed to have, here is a case where it actually experienced a fatal miscalculation. Apparently, a cleaning robot was reported to have switched itself on before making its way over to a hot plate. Needless to say, when it was on the hot plate, the entire robot started to melt like a T-1000 at the end of […]
One of the more useful tools to have in the home would be that of a vacuum cleaner – it certainly does a pretty good job of clearing up all the dust and dirt in all of the rooms, although it can prove to be a tad noisy at times. However, over the years we have seen this thing known as intelligent or smart vacuum cleaner robots, where you leave […]
Are you looking for a fun way to spruce up the housekeeping chores in your home, especially so when you own the iRobot vacuum cleaner? At the Super iam8bit art exhibition, it seems that the iRobot vacuum cleaner has received an 8-bit makeover that boasted hundreds of works inspired by retro video games. Artist Kelice Penney decided to come up with such colorful covers that were inspired by different characters […]
iRobot has just launched two new cleaning robots. You may already be familiar with the Roomba family of vacuum robots which is getting a new addition with the Roomba 650, Roomba 630 and Roomba 620. With this new series 600, iRobot has improved the waste bin efficiency so that users don’t have to empty it as often. At the same time, the company has added an acoustic sensor to detect […]
This particular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner is not exactly the in thing at the moment, but you know the proverb – waste not, want not. What do you do with a partially destroyed Roomba? Why, the answer would be to take it in, restore it while performing some tinkering with its innards and throwing in additional parts, and you end up with a telepresence robot which can be controlled over […]
Sharp has made a vacuum cleaner that roams about a room going about its business and once it is done it settles into its little charging dock to regain its energy. The Cocorobo which looks very much like the Roomba by iRobot, is actually a tri-lingual vacuum cleaner that can even act as a mobile camera which upon-demand, can take 4 photos of its surroundings which divulge all the details […]
The Microsoft Kinect has proven itself to be more than a gaming tool that is to be enjoyed by millions in the world over, as enthusiasts have taken the Kinect to do so much more. One of the latest (and most interesting) hacks to date would be getting the Roomba to obey gesture commands, as long as the Kinect’s sensor is connected to a PC. Said sensor will communicate with […]