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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.

Five ways tech can make this 4th of July easier on you

Five ways tech can make this 4th of July easier on you

The Fourth of July is coming up, and you know what that means. Grilling, relaxing, and trying not to blow digits clean off your hands while lighting off fireworks. Before you head out to a fireworks show run by pros (and thus better than yours), be sure to check out some of our favorite tech, which will make your holiday easy and fun.

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HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

HydroDrive washing machine uses efficiency tech to make laundry a 12 minute activity

Technology makes navigation, entertainment, finance, and all sorts of other matters easier, and has found its way into the household in a variety of ways, a la the Roomba vacuum. Laundry is another regular activity, and while no longer taking as long as it did in pre-washing machine days, is still time consuming. The HydroDrive has tackled this issue, and offers a cycle that takes only 12 minutes.

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iRobot Looj 330 and Mirra 530 hands-on: gutter and pool cleaning made fun

iRobot Looj 330 and Mirra 530 hands-on: gutter and pool cleaning made fun

Before we saw the iRobot Mirra 530 pool-cleaning robot and the Looj 330 gutter-cleaning robot here in person at CES 2013, we never imagined we'd be considering work with either area of dirtiness to be an entertaining prospect. In fact now with these two robotic masterpieces ready for iRobot-level cleaning in the near future, it may be time to purchase a home with a pool and gutters just to make use of these fabulous home-friendly amalgamations of technical excellence.

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iRobot to unveil new cleaning robots at CES 2013

iRobot to unveil new cleaning robots at CES 2013

Out of the many head-turners that will show up at the pool this summer, one new gadget will certainly catch the eye of any geek getting his tan on. iRobot will be unveiling the Mirra 530 pool-cleaning robot at CES next week, along with the Looj 330 gutter-cleaning robot, both of which provide the same great robot-cleaning technology from the makers who brought you Roomba.

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Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Anyone remember the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House? We're thinking that some of the executives at Sharp watched that movie and then decided we needed something like that in real life, as Sharp unveiled a new virtual management system called Cocorobo @ Home at Ceatec 2012 in Japan. The best way to describe Cocorobo @ Home is as a system that allows you to control all of your Sharp appliances from one simple interface.

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