In case opening an app and tapping “clean” was too much work, you can now activate your robot vacuum by voice. Neato Robotics, the company behind the Botvac series of robot cleaners, announced an integration with Google Assistant, the voice inside the Google Home smart home device. Botvac owners who
Editor’s Note: The following story is a guest contribution by robotics instructor Aaron Miller @aaromiller. Jibo, Buddy, and Kuri weren’t technology’s first rodeo with the smart home robot. These digital creatures have been maneuvering about our households for years as prototypes and consumer ready models – long before the robots
Today’s electronic personal assistants come in all shapes and sizes. There’s Alexa, for example, which looks like a futuristic hockey puck. Google Home is a bit odd; it has a round base and an aesthetic slant at the top. New to the club is PLEN Cube, a surprisingly adorable and portable
This plucky little robot arm draws with pen on paper whatever you draw on screen. Line-us, now on Kickstarter, is essentially a USB-powered tabletop drawing machine that connects to your iOS or Android device and draws anything you do in real time. If someone you know has the Line-us app, you
bots_alive wants to turn mindless remote-control toys in semi-sentient creatures. The Kickstarter project, led by MIT Media Lab researcher Brad Knox, transforms the remote-control Hexbug Spider into an intelligent and autonomous creature. With a bit of computer vision and artificial intelligence, the robotic beings can sense, avoid and follow obstacles.
Editor’s note: PLEN2 ships from Japan as a kit or a finished unit. Depending on your preference, you can order the robot in pieces or fully assembled. For the sake of review, we’re discussing the assembled PLEN2. What’s a PLEN2? In short, PLEN2 (there was a PLEN1 in case you were wondering)
If you’ve got a need for speed, look no further than UVify’s Draco drone. The plucky quadcopter travels at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and is ready out of the box. Drone racing has exploded in popularity with worldwide events and ESPN deals, but it’s still a rather
LEGO BOOST is the company’s latest brick kit for budding makers and coders. The kit includes 840 standard LEGO bricks with three BOOST bricks: a computer, a color sensor, and a motor. It’s a bit like Mindstorms but is easier to use with its own companion app. The LEGO Boost kit