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The Roomba Is Not The Only Cleaning Bot On The Market: Meet The ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

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The nice thing about capitalism is competition. In a perfect world this means better prices for the consumer, more choice, and a greater incentive for manufacturers to produce quality content. Now most people are aware of iRobot and their line of Roomba vacuum cleaning bots. They do their job well, of course, but they’re also not cheap. The ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is a cool looking alternative from our up-and-coming Chinese friends, and for the asking price we’re pretty impressed with what it claims to do. If you’ll pardon the slight Engrish, allow us to paste here some of the product highlights:

Automatic Cleaning for home and office, large area available up to 180 – 200 square meters
Smart Sweeping Cleaning Modes, it can meet your different needs, you can choose the dry or wet mop
Anti-collision System: It can better protect the furniture
Intelligent Drop Avoidance Induction: IR sensors at the bottom detect the high gap, avoid the dropping, it will avoid the obstacles and change direction automatically by inductor
Daily / Schedule Cleaning Plan Available: Set the start time, and make the cleaning daily at the fixed time even you are not in office or at home
OBS Sensors, 1 set wall sensor, 5 IR receivers on the body make this robot vacuum cleaner recognize the barrier and avoid being collided
Timing Function: You can set up time to clean the room
7.6cm Slim Design enable this cleaner working in the narrow space, it is possible to clean the bottom of furniture and corner
Less Than 65dB Low Noise Design: Easy to help you solve the noisy problem

In other words it looks like they’ve incorporated most, if not all, the features expected from these types of products. But they’ve done so at a $150 price point! When you consider that a new Roomba is probably around $500, the ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner might end up being the average man’s alternative.

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Next Job On The Chopping Block: Pizza Delivery Guy. Dominos Is Testing A Pizza Delivery Bot

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There’s a lot of chatter these days about robotization, automation, and the impact it’s going to have on our lives. The reality is, it already has a huge impact, and it’s going to grow. Dominos Australia is testing the DRU, Domino’s Robotic Unit. It’s an automated delivery bot that can roam the streets all by itself, and bring you your order with no human intervention. To avoid hungry hoodlums stealing your food in transit, the compartment can only be unlocked with a smartphone app or a special code you’re given when you place your order. The company already tested the bot with a few customers in one neighbourhood, and everything went well. Don’t expect to see this at your door tomorrow though, since there are a host of regulatory requirements to meet before a fleet can be expanded beyond the prototype shown above. Still, it’s just a matter of time.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Roomba-Like Ball Picker Robot Tidies Your Golf Range

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Running a driving range? You have a lot of work to do, like picking up those hundreds of balls. Normally, ranges hire a kid to drive around picking them up in a fortified cart, while golfers do their best to hit the moving target. This tradition might come to an end if the Ball Picker Robot from TrueBots takes off. It autonomously goes around picking balls up, and can haul up to 10,000 in a day, 300 of them at a time. It is able to handle ranges up to 2 to 2.8 ha in area. The company doesn’t sell the bots, but rather opts to rent them out, along with another bot, BigMow, which also autonomously mows the lawn.

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Somabar Is A Robotic Drink Maker For The Home

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Making tasty cocktails can take a little bit of skill, which is why many people just opt for a good ole beer or wine when drinking. But Somabar hopes to take most of the effort out of the equation by giving you the ability to make hundreds of cocktails at the simple press of a button. The WiFi-enabled appliance carries six special pods that you are meant to fill up with your own combination of liquors, spirits and chasers, as well as a smaller ‘bitters’ pod. Once you’ve told the related application just what’s in these pods, you’ll instantly have access to a list of available drinks.

When you press that button on the app, your SOMABAR will take the ingredients from scratch, infuse bitters (if you are in the mood) and dynamically mix them in precise quantities using positive displacement pumps before pouring out your craft cocktail in less than 5 seconds. The mixing comes from a combination of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence created by static vanes. What that means is fewer moving parts to maintain, as well as fast and perfectly mixed cocktails. Our on-board software and sensors make it easy to make new recipes and manage your inventory (liquid gold).

The pods are dishwasher safe, easily attach and detach from the device, and can be stored in the fridge so your booze is cold.

It’s a $399 pledge for now, with expected delivery in July 2015.

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Deal Of The Day: 10% Off On Mip Smartphone Controlled Robot

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What’s 10″ tall, is controlled by your smartphone, and looks cute as a button? If you answered the Mip Robot… you probably just read the headline. Yes, you’re looking at a self-balancing robot that you can control with your phone. But what, exactly, can you do with it?

Not only can you control it using the intuitive (and free) MiP mobile app, but it also responds to motions and can detect objects blocking its path using innovative ‘Gesturesense’ technology. In addition to its immersive personality and ability to balance atop some unique duel wheels, MiP has 7 distinct modes: MiP, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage and stack.

In other words, it’s a fancy toy that can probably get a young child interested in things like robotics, and for that alone is worth the $90 asking price. That’s down from the regular $100 price tag.

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This Baby Dinosaur Robot Is The Most Adorable Thing You’ll See All Day

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Meet Boomer, the baby dinosaur. He’s the brainchild of Never Ben and his team at SpinMaster, a company that already has a toy robot under their belt called Zoomer. Boomer is a self-balancing two-wheeled (legged?) toy T-Rex that behaves unlike any toy robot we’ve come across so far. It’s so seemingly life-life in its movements, it’ll kick you right in the cute. It’s able to follow your hand around, obey your voice commands, “eat” and generally display a seemingly organic behaviour. You have to watch the video below to understand.

Sadly, we’ve got no hard details on cost or availability, but we’re thinking that there’s a chance it hits the shelves before this Holiday season, considering how ready their prototype appears to be. The rumours are, actually, that it’ll cost $100 and be available in the fall.

VIA [ Huffington Post ]

Keecker Is A Remote Controlled Projector And Webcam On Wheels

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The headline makes the product sound kind of weird, but it’s when you start looking at the usage scenarios that you realize it’s actually pretty cool. You’re looking at a self-contained home entertainment unit that can be moved around in your home. This means you can direct it to your living room, where it’ll project your movie onto your wall or screen, along with some sound from its built-in speakers. You can then direct it to your bedroom, where it’s able to project a 360° image (of the starry sky for instance). That’s something that could help put the kids to sleep, or at least provide you with some engaging educational material. At the same time, you can use the Keecker to check up on them and make sure everything is ok, since it has a built-in webcam as well.

Additionally, it syncs with your Android smartphone and not only lets you stream music to it, but also play games that are on your phone, projected onto your larger screen. There are sensors in the machine that monitor “temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and more” to provide you with remotely accessible home security. It does so much stuff, we’re surprised it doesn’t also make sandwiches. Especially since you’ll have to pay $4,000 to own it, it wouldn’t’ve hurt anyone to toss that extra feature in. Oh well, nothing is perfect.

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Robots Teach Young Children How To Code

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With a future increasingly overlaid in all things digital, it makes sense to raise an ever enlarging number of kids to become programmers; we’re going to need them, after all. And while learning the specifics of a coding language is better done after a certain age, getting acquainted with the concepts underlying programming can be done somewhat sooner. Play-i’s Bo and Yana robots are being introduced for just this purpose. It gives children as young as 5 the opportunity to control them by selecting a series of visual presets that trigger particular behaviours. By doing so, they get acquainted with the “if/then nature of programming”, and rub elbows with concepts that will become central to their potential later careers. Bo is the three-wheeled bot on the right, while Yana is the stationary one on the left. Obviously, their abilities will be limited by their physical attributes so the robot that does more things costs a bit more. Right now a pledge of $149 for Bo and $49 for Yana will get you in the game, although full funding needs to be achieved first and that’s not done yet. Hit the links below to get your chance to move that along a bit.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Drone Waiter Serves UK Diners–Is A Tip Still Required?

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Do the usual rules of tipping etiquette still apply when you’ve got a drone for a waiter? UK-based Yo Sushi has begun using iPad-controlled quadcopters to deliver meals to diners at the restaurant. The drone waiter, which is aptly called the iTray, is equipped with two high-definition cameras so that the cooking staff can see the reactions of the customers when their food arrives.

You can check out a video of the iTray in action after the break.

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