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Roombas Used to Reenact Pac-Man

Roombas Used to Reenact Pac-Man

If you have a Roomba, then you know that it does wonders for your floor. And, if you've ever watched it as it went along its pre-ordained path, you've probably thought about making it do some other crazy things, like terrorize your poor cat, as has been demonstrated on YouTube plenty of times. But, for a few engineering students out there, that wasn't enough. They gathered a few Roombas, took advantage of some military-grade Unmanned Aerial Systems, and went to work on creating a life-like Pac-Man.

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PIRO Windoro Cleans Windows Like the Roomba Cleans Floors

PIRO Windoro Cleans Windows Like the Roomba Cleans Floors

With everything that people have to do today, it's hard to find time to clean your living quarters. That's why miniature robot cleaning devices like the Roomba are such a hit. Just turn it on, and watch as it cleans your floors, as you continue to do whatever it is you need to do. Timers help, too. But, up until now cleaning your windows was something you had to take time out of your day to do. Not anymore, thanks to PIRO's Windoro, which fastens to your windows, and cleans them just like the Roomba cleans your floors.

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Gaaglebot hacked Roomba indexes your house [Video]

Gaaglebot hacked Roomba indexes your house [Video]

Google's attempts to index the world are all well and good, but it still can't tell you - no matter what The Onion would have you believe - where things are in your house.  Some Swedish modders have attempted to fill that gap, however, with the Gaaglebot, a modified Roomba outfitted with a compact webserver and a webcam.  The idea is that the robot roams about your house, shooting photos of any text it finds and converting that into a searchable database.

Video demo after the cut

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LG RoboKing and Neato XV-11 robo-vacuums take on Roomba

LG RoboKing and Neato XV-11 robo-vacuums take on Roomba

It's obviously the day for robotic vacuum cleaners, because along come two new models hoping to suck the crown from the Roomba's head.  On the left is the LG RoboKing while on the right is the Neato XV-11; both promise better navigation technology, with the RoboKing packing twin cameras to map out the area, while the XV-11 uses 360-degree laser mapping to build up a picture of what's surrounding it.

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Control your Roomba with a Wii Balance Board

Control your Roomba with a Wii Balance Board

How would you like to control your Roomba with your Wii Fit Balance Board? A Japanese man has managed to turn his Wii Balance Board into a controller for his Roomba with just a few steps. Essentially the man used the Bluetooth capabilities of the balance board to link the Roomba and the balance board. Afterwards he’s able to shift his weight from one side of the board to the other to move the Roomba around the room.

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Readybot domestic robot prototype video: now with Roomba garage

Readybot domestic robot prototype video: now with Roomba garage

The "Readybot Challenge" team have released footage of their domestic robot, intended to demonstrate the feasibility of a home-help robot capable of performing up to 80-percent of routine chores.  This current Readybot prototype - which resembles a dishwasher with a bin-lid dome and outstretched "hug me!" arms - can tidy up mess left on the floor, empty trash and, thanks to a flip-down garage at the back, release a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.

Check out the video of Readybot in action, after the cut!

CES 2007: Korea’s UBOT coming to kick some Roomba butt

CES 2007: Korea’s UBOT coming to kick some Roomba butt

We're blogging live from CES 2007. And now we're at the sneek-peak unveiling event here in the Venetian and my first post is the Korean UBOT from Microrobot, because, well, I love robots, and especially ones that clean my house so that I don't have to. This soon to be Roomba competitor, is a much mightier fellow, with a larger capacity for your floor's dust and fur balls. The Ubot has several sensors and rubber bumpers to insure that it doesn't damage itself or your furniture while cleaning house.

But more interesting is that Microrobot is trying to push a unique hardwood/laminate floor system that is printed with invisible barcodes to work with the UBOT to insure full coverage of your floors. Although, it doesn't seem likely people will be fast to adopt this flooring, the UBOT does have its advantages and is currently seeking distribution in the US.

Robo-vac owner naps in the wrong spot, vacuum eats her hair

Robo-vac owner naps in the wrong spot, vacuum eats her hair

Robotic vacuums like the Roomba come with a lot of benefits and few downsides, but their autonomous functionality coupled with a relative lack of intelligence means some snafus are bound to happen (though they're usually the owner's fault). We've seen instances of this in the past. In late 2013, for example, a Roomba parked on a counter activated for its scheduled session and rolled its way onto a hot stove where it burnt up into ashes. In the latest incident, a robotic vacuum "ate" its owner's hair while she napped.

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CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES day four (technically day 3, but we’re counting Monday’s pre-event as a day anyway) brought a lot of fun little gadgets and toys. There was more VR, some point-and-shoot cameras, and even a printer that’s not a printer. More Internet of Things stuff was announced, and in case you weren’t sure, SD cards are NFC-capable, now. The car of the future drove into our hearts, and we got a quick look at the light bulb that might make you less cranky in the morning.

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