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Latest posts on Cleaning Robots


Silent Floor Cleaning Robots

    Silent Floor Cleaning Robots

Robotic vacuum cleaners do a great job cleaning any house or apartment. Most robot owners report being satisfied with their purchase since their mechanical friend takes care of most of the cleaning chore. Still, vacuum robots can be criticized for their noise. The suction turbine and the rotative brushes make

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Text and Talk to Your Robotic Vacuum

    Text and Talk to Your Robotic Vacuum

Although, the robotic vacuum market has been pioneered by iRobot and its famous Roombas, Neato Robotics quickly became a prominent player in the realm of robotic vacuums. This success is rooted in a strong culture of technological innovation. It’s obvious when analyzing the characteristics and patents included in Neato cleaning

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Grillbot Takes Care of the Chore of BBQ Grill Cleaning

    Grillbot Takes Care of the Chore of BBQ Grill Cleaning

Scraping and brushing take the fun out of barbecue parties. Having a robot to relieve you from the chore of cleaning your grill, and let you get back to the party is a great idea. In fact, such a robot exists. It is the Grillbot. This unique robot automatically roams

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Roomba 980 vs Neato BotVac Connected: Review of the Two Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

    Roomba 980 vs Neato BotVac Connected: Review of the Two Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

One of the innovations introduced by Neato Robotics since its inception is systematic cleaning. While competition simply replicated the iRobot Roomba random navigation and bouncing on furniture and walls, Neato vacuum robots build a map of your home and cover every part of it methodically. The path followed resembles very

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Latest posts on Educational Toys & Gadgets


Sphero Strikes Back with Two Lifelike Miniature Star Wars Droids

    Sphero Strikes Back with Two Lifelike Miniature Star Wars Droids

Sphero already made a blast in 2015 with the miniature version of BB-8, first appearing in “The Force Awakens” movie. In this 2017 fall, they strike back with two extra cute miniature Star Wars droids: R2D2 and BB-9E, all controllable using a smartphone app, via Bluetooth. Miniature Lifelike R2D2 The

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Affordable Virtually Indestructible Drones

    Affordable Virtually Indestructible Drones

Unbreakable Quadrotors Last spring, Parrot released a cool slow motion video (see Video 1) featuring the famous AR Drone flying through water, fire, glass and crashing into a wall. While this video is really cool, it was performed under controlled conditions (see Video 5 for the making of). Still folks

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Starwars BB-8 Droid Working Miniature Version Awakens

    Starwars BB-8 Droid Working Miniature Version Awakens

Update: Sphero released two other miniature Star Wars droids: The famous R2D2 and the BB-9E, the dark astromech droid of the First Order that debuts in Episode VIII – The Last Jedi Starwars episode VII (The Force Awakens) revealed the now famous round droid BB8. And of course, every fan

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Meet Cozmo: A Playful Little Robot with Emotions

    Meet Cozmo: A Playful Little Robot with Emotions

Anki first hit the market with overdrive, a track and a set of small robotic cars that can race autonomously. First showcased at the Apple WWDC 2013, it paves the way for a new breed of entertainment by mixing of video games and real world objects. Cars can race for

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Computers with Emotions Talk by Peter Robinson

    Computers with Emotions Talk by Peter Robinson

The importance of emotional expression as part of human communication has been understood since the seventeenth century, and has been explored scientifically since Charles Darwin and others in the nineteenth century. Recent advances in Psychology have greatly improved our understanding of the role of affect in communication, perception, decision-making, attention

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Robots can Help Understand Humans Talk by Pierre Yves Oudeyer

    Robots can Help Understand Humans Talk by Pierre Yves Oudeyer

A great mystery is how human infants develop: how they discover their bodies, how they learn to interact with objects and social peers, and accumulate new skills all over their lives. Such development is organized and progressive, and results from the complex growth processes and interaction between brain mechanisms, the

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Human-Level AI Talk by Murray Shanahan

    Human-Level AI Talk by Murray Shanahan

Murray Shanahan is Professor of Cognitive Robotics in the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London, where he heads the Neurodynamics Group. His publications span artificial intelligence, robotics, logic, dynamical systems, computational neuroscience, and philosophy of mind. He was scientific advisor to the film Ex Machina, which was partly inspired

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Learn How Make Robots Hear and Localize Sound Sources

    Learn How Make Robots Hear and Localize Sound Sources

A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), on Binaural Hearing for Robots will start on May 11th, 2015. It will adress fundamental issues in robot hearing and will describe methodologies requiring two or more microphones embedded into a robot head, thus enabling sound-source localization, sound-source separation, and fusion of auditory and

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Drone Racing League Level 1: Miami Lights Semi Finals

    Drone Racing League Level 1: Miami Lights  Semi Finals

The videos of the semi finals of Drone Racing League (DRL) of the 2016 season are out. At this stage, 8 pilots battle for the most points. Each race is made up of a number of heats. Pilots scores are determined by their total points over those heats. Pilots earn

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Drone Racing League 2016 Season Debuts on February 22nd

    Drone Racing League 2016 Season Debuts on February 22nd

With the technology becoming mature, a drone racing competition was unavoidable. That’s what the Drone Racing League (DRL) is about, with its drone championship debuting this year. The first round will take place in Miami’s Sun Life stadium next February 22nd, 2016. The teaser video below gives a glimpse of

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DJI Phantom vs. Parrot AR Drone

    DJI Phantom vs. Parrot AR Drone

Drones also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have gained a huge popularity. They allow for unique videos such as Videos 1 and 2 below. Besides, flying a drone is much easier compared to RC aircrafts, since drones manage most of their flying operations. They can even fly in total

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Getting Started with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

    Getting Started with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also known as Drones is among the hottest topics in robotics. These flying robots can have different shapes, but they often often look like RC planes or helicopters with one or more rotors (typically four with quad-rotors or quadcopters). The difference with RC aircrafts is that

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Latest posts on News and Trends


Will Boston Dynamics Make Domestic Robots?

    Will Boston Dynamics Make Domestic Robots?

The latest Boston Dynamics video is about the SpotMini, a new smaller version of the Spot four-legged agile robot. However, while the Spot is hydraulically actuated, the SpotMini is 100% electric with a battery that lasts about 90 minutes on a charge . This is why the SpotMini much less

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Will Your Next Robot Take Care of Folding Your Clothes?

    Will Your Next Robot Take Care of Folding Your Clothes?

FoldiMate is a startup that is making a new breed of domestic robots that will take care of folding your laundry. This new machine will fold and treat most of your laundry (e.g. shirts, pants, towels), except for large items like linen or small items like underwear or socks. As

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Machines Uprising: From Fun To Deep Thoughts

    Machines Uprising: From Fun To Deep Thoughts

Technology and more specifically artificial beings (i.e. robots) have always made people imagine dystopian futures. The predicted outcome resembles the Terminator films or the Ex Machina movie, where machines become smarter than humans, and kill their creators in the pursue of world domination. However, these dark scenarios can also be

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Pepper Still Needs Paper Instructions!

    Pepper Still Needs Paper Instructions!

In a recent video (see below) by Aldebaran Robotics, their community leader Nicola Rigaud reports recent stories about Pepper. Riguaud gives an overview of projects presented during the finals of the SoftBank Challenge for Japanese developers. He also visited some shops where Pepper is actually put to work. A funny

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Latest posts on Robot Movies


Wall-E Disney-Pixar Movie

    Wall-E Disney-Pixar Movie

This Pixar gem is a romantic robotic love story. One of all time best robot movies to share with your kids. The main character is a small waste collecting robot named Wall-E, left behind by humans who had quit a too polluted planet. The cute little robot had to clean

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Vacuum Robot Love Story Commercial

    Vacuum Robot Love Story Commercial

The german company Vorwerk issued a cute ad video (see below) featuring their new vacuum cleaner robot Kobold VR200. The story is inspired from the Disney-Pixar’s great movie Wall-E: a toy robot falls in love with the new shiny robotic vacuum. When looking at Kobolds, one quickly has a déjà-vu

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Spare Parts: the Movie on Robotics Clubs, Competition, and Friendship

    Spare Parts: the Movie on Robotics Clubs, Competition, and Friendship

The SPARE PARTS movie is out in the US. The plot is a true life story about four hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi (George Lopez). With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this

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All Time Best Robot Family Movies

    All Time Best Robot Family Movies

Astro Boy Bicentennial Man D.A.R.Y.L. Forbidden Planet Planet 51 Robots Short Circuit The Iron Giant Wall-E . Astro Boy 94 min – Animation, Action, Family – 2009 This film is loosely based on the mangas and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer Osamu Tezuka. The story

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