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Google Home Now Controls Neato’s Botvac Connected Robot Vacuums

Neato Robotics Botvac Connected Series robot vacuums can now be controlled with Google Home. Not only can you use your voice and Google's virtual assistant to start, stop and pause robot vacuums, you can schedule cleanings, check the vacuum's battery level and more.
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Google Home Now Controls Neato’s Botvac Connected Robot Vacuums
By Steve Crowe · 16 March, 2017 • Neato Robotics Botvac Connected Series robot vacuums can now be controlled with Google Home. Not only can you use your voice and Google's virtual assistant to start, stop and pause robot vacuums, you can schedule cleanings, check the vacuum's battery level and more.
WiFi-Enabled Roombas Getting Alexa Voice Control
By Steve Crowe · 15 March, 2017 • Starting in Q2 2017, iRobot will include Amazon Alexa voice control on any WiFi-enabled Roomba robot vacuum in the United States. The Alexa voice control will allow users to start, stop and pause their Roomba 960 or Roomba 980 by simply speaking to an Alexa-enabled device, such as the Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot.
Amazon Alexa Hack Creates Talking Halloween Skull
By RT Staff · 14 March, 2017 • An Aspiring roboticist turned Amazon Alexa into a talking Halloween skull that tilts its head, looks around, and moves its mouth while talking back.
6 Robots Launching on Kickstarter
By RT Staff · 9 March, 2017 • A roundup of crowdfunded robots raising money on Kickstarter, including three robot arms, a robot tutor and more.
Toast-Buttering Robot Might Ruin Breakfast
By Steve Crowe · 27 February, 2017 • Watch this DIY toast-buttering robot, which was built from junk motors, laser cut wood, and zip ties, try to finish making breakfast.
Panasonic Smart Cart Helps You Take a Load Off
By Tim Hornyak · 17 February, 2017 • Panasonic's Smart Cart is a prototype mobile robot that can tow either standard airport luggage carts or grocery carts. It can haul up to 330 lbs, including the weight of the cart itself. The Smart Cart can autonomously follow its user by tracking his or her footsteps.
Amazon Echo, Google Home Want to Let You Make Phone Calls
By Steve Crowe · 15 February, 2017 • Amazon Echo and Google Home are reportedly looking to add the ability to make voice calls to the smart speakers, but concerns about privacy, emergency services, and regulatory hurdles are slowing down the process.
ElliQ Robot Maker Intuition Robotics Raises Funding from iRobot
By Steve Crowe · 14 February, 2017 • Intuition Robotics has announced funding from iRobot Ventures, the strategic investment arm of iRobot, and equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. This investment brings the total funding in the company to $6 million across various funding instruments.
Meet Sii: A Social Interface for Assistive Robots
By Steve Crowe · 9 February, 2017 • In its effort to build assistive robots, Trinity College Dublin has developed the socially intelligent interface (Sii), a light-weight, 3D-printed robotic head that can express emotions and has three degrees of freedom.
Professor Einstein Robot Launches on Kickstarter
By Steve Crowe · 23 January, 2017 • Hanson Robotics is looking to bring Albert Einstein back to life. The Hong Kong-based company has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Professor Einstein robot that wowed attendees at CES 2017.
10 Best Robots & Drones of CES 2017
By Steve Crowe · 13 January, 2017 • Here are the best robots and drones from CES 2017.
ElliQ Robot Wants to Ease Aging in Place
By Eugene Demaitre · 11 January, 2017 • As populations age worldwide, older people are often isolated because of health and mobility problems and difficulty with using new technologies. A robot named ElliQ from Intuition Robotics aims to change that.
Top 10 Robotics Startups Seen at CES 2017’s Eureka Park
By Eugene Demaitre · 9 January, 2017 • Hundreds of startups vied for attention at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Which robotics products caught our eye? Robots that tend to the young and old, tackle odious chores, and advance the market could be found in the crowded aisles.
Jibo, Ling Bringing Social Robot to China
By Steve Crowe · 7 January, 2017 • Jibo has partnered with Ling Technology to bring a localized version of the social robot to China in 2017. Jibo will supply the hardware and Ling will handle the software to ensure the robot aligns with Chinese culture.
Have $30,000? MoRo the Robot Assistant Can Help Around Your House
By Steve Crowe · 5 January, 2017 • Ewaybot Technology's MoRo robot assistant can grasp and handle objects around your home to help simplify your life. However, it costs $30,000 so it'll likely start as a robot for academic research.

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