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Why is Japan the first to get Dyson’s new 360 Eye?

This post originally appeared on Akihabara News.  The Dyson 360 Eye autonomous vacuum cleaner went public in Tokyo on September 4th, and it got a lot of attention - enough to make almost any prod...
10 September 2014, by

Recent robotic vacuum launches change industry from niche to mainstream

Recent robotic vacuum cleaner product launches by Dyson and Samsung have transformed what once was a niche market of early adopters and robot enthusiasts into a marketplace of serious consumer produc...
10 September 2014, by

Housework 2.0: The battle of the robot vacuum cleaners begins!

The public may be expecting to see robot cyborgs battle it out in distant galaxies, but back here on earth the battle of the robots is taking on a distinctively quotidian reality. The double announcem...
05 September 2014, by

Dyson launches new robotic vacuum cleaner

James Dyson announced his new 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner, which goes on sale in Japan later this year for $1,250. It will then be available in the UK, Europe, China and Australia later in 2015....
04 September 2014, by

Korean Yujin Robot launches meal transport robot

Korean-based Yujin Robot continues to release thoughtful new products. They just announced a meal-transport robot designed to operate in eldercare and other hospitality and health care facilities....
01 September 2014, by

Has Dyson’s robotic dream become a reality?

[tweetquote]Has Dyson finally cracked its 16-year mission to create a robot vacuum cleaner?[/tweetquote] The company’s  teaser video hints at a new release which looks a lot like a rival for the be...
01 September 2014, by



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Wearable fashion toy Linkitz teaches girls how to program | TechCrunch

MIT PhD Lyssa Neel is using socializing and accessorizing to get get girls interested in programming. Neel’s invention, Linkitz, is a wearable electronic toy that allows kids to rearrange, take ap...
25 July 2014, by

Jibo raises $1M in first week of crowdfunding campaign

On July 15th, Jibo launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with the goal of raising $100,000 towards developing their new social robot for the home. Less than one week later, Jibo surpassed the ...
23 July 2014, by

JIBO: A game changing social robot

JIBO, a 2013 Boston startup, launched an IndieGoGo campaign last week and is off to a rousing start, lots of favorable press, and, as of the time of this writing, has raised more than $700,000 over th...
20 July 2014, by

The second wave of social robots is here

Cynthia Breazeal’s Jibo launched today and coming on the heels of Pepper, Aldebaran and Softbank’s new social robot, and Jimmy from Intel. It seems like we’re seeing a second wave of social robo...
16 July 2014, by

The next era of conversational technology

In 1922, the Elmwood Button Co. commercialized a toy that could respond to voice commands. The toy, called Radio Rex, was a dog made of celluloid that would leap out of its house when you called its n...
04 July 2014, by and

On Pepper, Aldebaran and emotional robotics: Interview with Bruno Maisonnier

Bruno Maisonnier at TedExConcorde. Photo credit: Rodrigo SEPÚLVEDA SCHULZ. Last week I dropped by Aldebaran’s studio to get a glimpse of Pepper in action, and was pretty excited about this robot. ...
24 June 2014, by

Why social robots will change your life

It is a fantastic time for technology. We live in a more connected world, and compared to even a few decades ago, we have vastly improved access to information and content, and have dramatically expan...
24 June 2014, by and

SoftBank + Aldebaran = Pepper

    The latest creation from Aldebaran Robotics - Pepper - is designed to live with humans. It doesn’t clean or cook but it talks, is mobile, can read emotions, and reacts aut...
06 June 2014, by

Consumer AI devices entering the marketplace

    Talking mobile personal robots in our homes such as the robot seen in the movie “Robot and Frank” may be in our future but they don’t presently exist except in research l...
04 April 2014, by

Are telepresence robots really robots? Part II

    Edward Snowden BEAMed into a TED Talk earlier this week with attention-grabbing headlines. With much less fanfare, this writer participated in a panel in Lyon, France while...
19 March 2014, by

NAO Next Gen now available for a wider audience

As of yesterday, you can get the adorable and versatile humanoid robot NAO from Aldebaran Robotics for yourself, even if you are not an academic or a hardcore developer. According to Génération R...
13 March 2014, by

Putting the IV into Intelligent Virtual Assistants

The incoming second wave of contextual agents There's a virtual lobby of Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVAs) waiting to help us these days. These multi-million dollar systems include Yahoo's Don...
06 March 2014, by

Doggone it, there are no exciting consumer robots

If CES shows us anything it’s that consumer robots aren’t exciting, they’re appliances. But it’s exciting that we have a growing field of consumer robots, smart devices and appliances. Accordi...
21 January 2014, by

Robots at home: Interview with Assistobot CEO Tjin Van Der Zant

Tjin Van Der Zant helped found “Robocup at Home” in 2006, and since then the organization has spread to include a number of new locations everywhere from Brazil to Thailand. As a professor at the ...
05 January 2014, by and

Still looking for last-minute holiday gifts? 15 ideas for robot fans (2013)

If you still have holiday shopping to do, these gift ideas from the Robohub team will be sure to please the robot fans in your life. From stocking stuffers to once-in-a-lifetime gifts, you can find so...
19 December 2013, by

8 robotic toys for the holidays (2013)

Frank Tobe's holiday gift ideas for robot fans....
25 November 2013, by

Orbotix introduces Sphero 2.0

http://youtu.be/5Bg88VkWGOQ There's not much more about Sphero 2.0 on the Orbotix website other than this two-minute video, but Evan Ackerman of Automaton has a little more information. The followi...
15 August 2013, by

2 cute robots: one funded by Japan’s Space Agency the other by Kickstarter

Japan’s cute talking robot will take off August 4th for the Space Station. Kirobo, a 13” 2# mini-humanoid robot remembers faces, can move its head and arms, and is expected to help keep company an...
30 June 2013, by

Romo on the move

Romotiv, the maker of the Romo robot, is moving from Las Vegas to San Francisco. CEO Rinaudo wrote the reason behind the move, which will take place over the next three months, was the company’s des...
16 March 2013, by

2013 robotic gimmicks, gadgets and toys

Toys often precede more serious inventions. So, putting judgement aside, and withholding laughs and other "tells", here are some new robotic toys and gadgets hitting the market this year....
26 February 2013, by

Management shakeup at Adept Technology

... Rob Cain replaces John Dulchinos as CEO of Adept Technology. Cain has worked with Adept for the past few months as an advisor and representative of Hale Capital Partners and crafted a restructurin...
25 February 2013, by

Augmented realty interface for telepresence robots

Telepresence robots are remote controlled cameras on wheels that are connected via Wi-Fi to a user's computer, mobile phone or tablet. The user can communicate via a "human-scale" robot with other peo...
22 February 2013, by

Lots of robots at CES, January 10-13 in Las Vegas

Many new vendors selling robotic consumer products at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 10-13....
20 December 2012, by

The new Honda ASIMO

The most famous humanoid robot, Honda’s ASIMO has a new version. A few days ago Honda presented a more advanced model and performed a small display of its new capabilities. Meanwhile the robotics se...
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