Robot Stories January 25

Imagine being able to tell Alexa to get you a drink or to grab the morning paper. It isn’t too far-fetched of an idea and the technology to have moving digital assistants is emerging as we speak. One of these such robots is called Ziro. It was initially built to work with hand gestures a couple of years ago, but now it has gained the abilities to take voice commands using Alexa or Google Assistant. This is just more one more step towards having robot assistants in our daily lives.

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Robot Stories January 4

Set to hit the stage at CES 2018 next week is Cubroid’s latest smart toy for kids. Cubroid is a robotics startup with products designed and developed in Newport Beach, California. The company was founded by a team of experts and engineers who are involved with advancing creative and fun educational ideas for children. It’s newest development is called CURO and it will teach the little ones of the world how to code and learn to interact with AI like never before.

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Robot Stories January 8, 2016

We saw plenty of nifty gadgets and fresh technology at CES 2016 this week. Perhaps, none more intriguing than Segway’s new Robot butler. Having partnered with Intel, Segway is leveraging its experience with two-wheeled vehicles in a collaboration that delivers a product bound to interest any technology geek…

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Robot Stories December 28, 2015

We’ve seen a rush of DIY robotic and computing kits for kids as popularity has risen over the last year. Companies like littleBits and Kano have introduced a handful products that put the power of computing into the hands of everyone. A new subscription service called Thimble recently launched on Kickstarter with eyes on delivering a project each month. Based on the reception its received, there is plenty of interest from campaign backers.

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Robot Stories December 8, 2015

I don’t mind mixing it up in the kitchen. But to be honest, it would be nice to have a personal chef. That’s not likely to happen any time soon. While there are some products that can help me make a meal, there aren’t many options out there that will be do it for me. Insert Moley. A new start-up that has created a full-on robotic kitchen with an iPad-like interface and eyes on revolutionizing food prep. Think iRobot meets Guy Fieri…

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Robot Stories July 13, 2015

Pixar tech director is building his own desktop robot companion with emotional intelligence

Technical director at Pixar, Alonso Martinez, is currently in the early stages of developing a new companion robot. Mira, as it is currently named, is apparently an exploration into human-robot interaction and emotional intelligence. While currently in the very early stages of development, the small desktop companion is already equipped with some pretty impressive facial recognition and quite an adorable little personality.

As you can see in the video above, Mira’s favorite activity at the moment is peak-a-boo. Able to realize when you have covered your face, it will light up in excitement like a small child once revealed again making happy blips and bleeps while changing color.

At this point there is no official timeline of when Mira might see the light of day. It sounds as though this peak-a-boo stuff might just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to functionality with plans to heighten its emotional awareness to create much deeper interactions with humans.

As her understanding of the world and people’s emotions get richer so will her ability to interact with people in a more meaningful way.”

You can see some very early prototype footage of Martinez tweaking Mira’s movement on his YouTube channel. While there are certainly many different fun little robot products out there, not many of them have facial recognition and can show this kind of emotion.

Source: IEEE Spectrum via Toyland

Robot Stories June 9, 2015

expiredHome: Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker $51 (Reg. $60+), more

The recent $15 off $100 purchases sale over on eBay has yielded some very notable deals, and today is your last chance to capitalize on them. Springselectronics (99.6% Positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals has the Robot Braava 320 Floor Sweeping/Mopping Robot in white for $109.99, but using code C15FATHERSDAY will drop your total down to $94.95 shipped. That’s $95 under the original listing, $45 under Amazon’s best price and $15 under the best price we have ever posted.

It features “whisper-quiet” mop/sweep operation for up to 3 hours and can “methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along a room perimeter.” This model has a 1500mAh  rechargeable battery and comes with everything you need to get started. It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from over 260 Amazon customers and comes with a one year warranty. Be sure to checkout the rest of the home and sporting goods eligible for the above promo code before it dies this evening, some of which are highlighted in our Father’s Day deal roundup.

Amazon has the Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker in Stainless Steel (WAF-150) for $50.99 shipped. That’s as much as $20 under some bloated listings, $10 under the average selling price and the best we can find. It can bake four 1-inch Belgian-style waffles, has an indicator light, stainless steel top and a handy cord wrap along the bottom. It has a 4.3/5 star rating on Amazon.

Down below you’ll find the rest of today’s best home deals including stainless steel can openers, iced coffee makers, Dysons, tools, and much more:

Robot Stories May 19, 2015

We have spotted a few notable deals on Char-Broil Stainless Steel Gas Grills today starting with the Char-Broil Classic 40,000 BTU 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner for $159.99 shipped at Amazon. That’s almost $140 under the original listing, between $10 and $40 under the next best prices and the lowest we can find.

As the best selling grill on Amazon, it features a stainless steel design, a 40,000 BTU main grill with 10,000 BTU covered side burner, metal side shelves, electronic ignition and more. This model has received 4.3/5 star rating from nearly 300 Amazon customers.

While not as highly rated with 3.5/5 stars from only 23 customers, Target is offering Char-Broil’s 48,000 BTU model for $159.99 with free in-store pickup today as well. And lastly, Amazon has the Char-Broil TRU Infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill for $239.99 shipped. That’s $160 below the original listing and the best we can find. Rated 3.9/5 stars from nearly 70 Amazon customers.

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The official Newegg eBay store is offering the iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot for $109.99 shipped. That’s $80 under the original listing, $35 under Amazon’s best price, $10 under the lowest price we have posted and the best we can find.

This model runs “whisper-quiet” for up to 3 hours on a single charge and can “methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along a room perimeter.” The 320 ships with 1500 mAh NiMH rechargeable battery, 1 microfiber dry mopping cloth, 1 microfiber damp mopping cloth, a multi-purpose cleaning pad and more. It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from nearly 250 Amazon customers.

While much of the massive list of Home Deals from yesterday are still live including Dyson fans, electric shaversKwikset keyless deadbolt locks and fire-proof home safes, down below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals: expand full story

Robot Stories February 27, 2015

Update (2/27 4:15pm): Newegg via eBay is also offering the iRobot Roomba 790 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets & Allergies for $429.99 shipped (orig. $700, lowest we’ve seen)

Vitamix is offering the certified refurbished Vitamix 5200 Series Blender (in black, grey, silver, red or white) for $329, but using code 07-0103-01-01 in the cart will drop your total down to $246.47 shipped plus $25 shipping. That’s around $225 under Amazon’s bloated listing and the best refurbished price we can find on this model.

While certainly an expensive investment for a blender, as you know from our Kitchen Tech feature, these are very high quality machines that tend to last a lifetime. Not to mention the 5 year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee they ship with. And according to the company: “the title Vitamix Certified Reconditioned machine must be earned.”

This model has a 2 peak horsepower/ ball-bearing motor that is “built to last a lifetime” and will chop up just about anything you put inside of it with ease. It has received a 4.6/5 star rating from over 300 Amazon customers.

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Newegg via eBay Daily Deals is once again offering the iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot for $119.99 shipped. That’s $80 under the original listing, $30 below Amazon and matching the best price we’ve seen on this model.

It features up to 3 hours of runtime on a single charge, a North Star Navigation System “to methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along a room perimeter” and whisper-quiet operation. It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from nearly 200 Amazon customers and comes with the standard iRobot warranty.

Head below for the rest of today’s best home deals including kitchenware, seafood kits, knife blocks/sets and more: expand full story

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