A firefighting robot is actually not that new of an idea. When you think about the benefits of building a robot, sticking it into places where humans cannot safely traverse is pretty much the first concept. However, creating a robot that can put out fires and actually walks around like a normal human is something that could be revolutionary.
This guy eats Roombas for breakfast. It's called the Warrior, it weighs 450 pounds, and it can carry stuff, destroy stuff, or do stuff (like opening a door). Although you won't find this bad boy at Sears anytime soon, it is created by the same company everyone knows and loves for the Roomba and Scooba floor-cleaning robots. But iRobot's reach has long extended beyond the domesticated fare. This latest creation is the newest in its history of offering military-grade robotics.
LG will show off a cool new robotic vacuum cleaner at IFA 2011 called the Roboking VR680VMNC. It remains me more than a little of the Toshiba robot vacuum that I talked about a few days ago. The LG offering has three cameras and a host of sensors that help it to navigate your home and clean things up. The coolest thing is that the LG Roboking vacuum can be controlled remotely.
Space may look cavernously empty, but in actual fact there's a growing cloud of debris surround the Earth from previous manned and unmanned missions, progressively presenting an increasing risk to further exploration. Now scientists have come up with the space equivalent of a Roomba, only instead of sucking up junk it would grab it, glue a rocket to it, and then send it hurtling to the Earth's atmosphere where it would - so the theory goes - harmlessly burn up on re-entry.
Robot vacuum cleaners are very cool little devices that have been around for a long time now. The Roomba was my first experience with one of these things and it worked surprisingly well. There are all sorts of robot vacuums now from different companies. The most recent offering we took a hands on look at was the Neato XV-15 vacuum. Chris found the little vacuum expensive, but a solid choice if you want a robot vacuum.
Lay down your Dyson, unplug your Hoover and send Henry to the knackers' yard. Fresh from showing how much it sucks in the US, Neato's XV-15 robotic vacuum cleaner is on its way to Europe to assassinate dust bunnies there, too. Meaner looking than a Roomba, according to Neato the XV-15 is cleverer than its rivals too, fighting dirt not only with suction but with lasers. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
The geek and design world has its fair share of odd clocks and wristwatches. Generally, the things are very hard to read, and if you need the exact time, you may be out of luck. If you only need to know that it's about 4:30 and not that it's 4:35 you can get by with most of these clocks and watches though. A new wall clock concept has surfaced from designer Jay Jiwoong Baek and its cool looking. The Eclipsion Wall clock reminds me of what a Tokyoflash wall clock might look like.
My daughter is an animal person through and through. She loves dogs and horses the most though. This new concept vacuum cleaner that turned up on Yanko Design today is exactly the sort of thing she would flip over. I'm sort of glad it’s a concept or I would end up having to buy it. The vacuum is called the Puppy Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. It was designed by Hyun-Seok Kim and has a mama dog with power teats for the little ones.
I have known people in my life that are always taping and drumming away on any surface as soon as they sit down. It can get really annoying for sure. If you are the person that likes to drum away on your desk or table Korg has something just for you. The device is called the Wavedrum Mini and it is a portable drum synthesizer.
Samsung has bred a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner with a WowWee Rovio and come up with the Tango View VC-FL87W, an autonomous cleaner which can beam live video back from its onboard webcam. If you're the paranoid type and you're not going to give up your mistrust of the home help even if you've replaced them with robots, then you can log in remotely via your smartphone or tablet and see what the Samsung Tango View is up to.
Geeks are hacking the Microsoft Kinect motion controller all over the place to do all sorts of stuff that it was never meant to do. Several of the hacks have had to do with using the Kinect to control robots. The last time I mentioned a hack it was to control a Roomba vacuum cleaner. Sony wants people in the research and academic communities to hack its Move motion controller too.