On Tuesday afternoon, police in Oregon received a 911 call claiming someone had locked themselves in the bathroom, according to a Facebook post from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. According to the law enforcement department, several police officers responded to the call, surrounded the house, commanded the suspect to come out, and drew their guns.
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The Roomba’s most sinister-sounding feature—recording maps of your home that iRobot CEO Colin Angle swears he will totally never sell to advertisers—can now be used for more overtly hellish purposes thanks to Doomba, a tool that converts Roomba maps for use in the 1993 shooter Doom.
With the new i7+, it looks like iRobot is taking robot vacuums a step closer to truly being a hands-free way to keep your floors clean. Instead of having to constantly empty the robot’s tiny dirt bin, the i7+ has an oversized dock that transfers dust and debris into a larger reservoir with disposable bags that don’t have to be tossed as frequently.
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Listen to me, no one needs a robovac of any kind. Whether it's a Roomba, an EcoVac, or a cheap Anker like what I have - they're nothing more than infant-sized metal-and plastic turds that push small piles of dirt around and scream when they cannot figure out what "rugs" are. They are inefficient, wasteful annoyances that enable laziness and poor cleaning habits.
Video: Need to run downstairs to fetch the laundry? Or maybe there's a phone call you just have to take? Life with a baby can make even the smallest chores feel like a herculean task if you don't have a nanny. But it turns out, if you keep your floors clean using a robot, maybe you do have a nanny and just didn't realise it.
iRobot, the maker of Roomba, made big news this week when an interview with its CEO mentioned plans to sell the map data of customers' homes to third parties. Today, the company launched damage control measures and the CEO is spreading assurances that this is all just a big misunderstanding.
The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximise efficiency. Now, the device's makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy.
Released last year, Google Assistant hasn't really proven itself useful outside of checking the weather, searching Google, or setting an alarm using voice commands. So far it's been limited to basic features that are more than matched by other smart assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. But Google is trying to change that.
Video: Dogs are some of the most loving and affectionate pets you can own, but they do have one sworn enemy: Vacuum cleaners. They will incessantly bark, or run and hide while you're cleaning your floors. But one dog adapted to its owner's Roomba wandering all over the house like it owns the place -- it's apparently learned how to turn the damn thing off.
The electric vacuum cleaner has been terrorizing dogs for nearly a century. But one dog in Texas has stood up to the latest edition of this horrifying menace. Or, more appropriately, lied down to it.
Your lawn is a money pit that requires ungodly amounts of water and labour to keep it green and trim. We've known for sometime that iRobot, the Roomba company, has been on a mission to put your landscaper out of a job with a robot. Thanks to a trademark filing reported by Robotics Trends, there's a pretty good chance this lawn chewing beast will be called... "Terra"?
iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaners are about the closest thing you can get to having a real Star Wars droid at home. In fact, many Roomba owners are happy to pretend their robovac is just a shorter version of R2-D2 while it works away, and this decal set will help make that even more believable.