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Roomba Maker iRobot Is Picking Up Its Largest Distributor in Europe

iRobot, the company behind the popular Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, is plunking down $141 million in cash to buy Robopolis, its largest distributor …

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Shares of Roomba maker iRobot jump 20% after sales surge on Amazon

iRobot shares jumped more than 20 percent in premarket trading Wednesday, after raising guidance on the heels of a stronger-than-expected Amazon …

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Robots are set to take Africa’s manufacturing jobs even before it has enough

It was supposed to be Africa’s century, then the robots arrived.<p>The dawning of the fourth industrial revolution offered African countries the opportunity to take advantage of technological gains, leapfrogging their developed counterparts. As China did at the end of the last century, Africa could …

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Robots to perform inventory tasks at Schnucks grocery stores

A slender robot named Tally soon will be roaming the aisles at select Schnucks groceries, on the lookout for out-of-stock items and verifying …

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The team who created Amazon's warehouse robots returns with a new robot named Chuck

Jerome Dubois and Rylan Hamilton were two executives at Kiva Systems, a robotics company that Amazon bought for $775 million in 2012. Within a couple …

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Softbank Said to Take Stake in Roomba Maker iRobot

SoftBank has taken a stake in Roomba vacuum-cleaner maker iRobot, people familiar with the matter said, as the Japanese company builds its holdings …

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iRobot to acquire its biggest European distributor for $141M

Consumer robot maker iRobot, maker of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, is to acquire its largest European distributor, Robopolis, in a cash deal worth $141 million.<p>The company said it’s signed a definitive agreement to acquire the privately-held, French company, which is based in Lyon, with the …

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Grasping Robots Compete to Rule Amazon’s Warehouses

Amazon employs 45,000 robots, but they all have something missing: hands.<p>Squat wheeled machines carry boxes around in more than 20 of the company’s …

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Lego Boost Review: The Best Robot Kit for Kids

Toys that teach kids to code are as hot in 2017 as Cabbage Patch Kids were in 1983, and for good reason. For today's generation of children, learning …

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Will we be able to control the killer robots of tomorrow?

From ship-hunting Tomahawk missiles and sub-spying drone ships to semi-autonomous UAV swarms and situationally-aware reconnaissance robots, the Pentagon has long sought to protect its human forces with the use of robotic weapons. But as these systems gain ever-greater degrees of intelligence and …

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Ignore Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg's War Over Killer Robots, the Real Challenge is Already Here

Tech giants Elon Musk and Mark Zuckeberg have been engaged in a very public, somewhat silly and self-indulgent battle over artificial intelligence …

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Dust isn’t the only thing your Roomba is sucking up

The company behind the Roomba vacuum, iRobot, has grand plans for its robot cleaners. While two Roomba models are now mapping the interiors of homes …

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Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg Are Fighting Over Killer Robots

Tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have been arguing about whether AI will doom humanity or not — with Musk essentially warning us that …

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Robot reveals first images of lava-like nuclear debris at Fukushima | ZDNet

The radiation-hardened bot adds to Japan's $72 billion cleanup<p>A submersible robot the size of a loaf of bread has sent back the first images of what …

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iRobot Crushes Expectations and Makes an Acquisition

<b>iRobot Corporation</b> (NASDAQ: IRBT) announced stellar second-quarter 2017 results on Tuesday after the market closed, driven by strength in both the U.S. and Europe. iRobot also boosted its full-year guidance, and announced a compelling acquisition to increase its international presence.<p>With shares …

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Domino's Pizza reports 10 % increase in Irish sales

Domino's Pizza have reported a 10 % increase in sales in Ireland as more people order online.<p>In the first half of the year online sales made up a 55% …

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Eerily smart new robots can read human body language

Do you think you’re subtle in how you communicate at work? In a few years, you won’t be able to hide what you’re really thinking from highly advanced …

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Adobe Research team proposes more playful way to mix colours digitally

Researchers at software brand Adobe have developed a prototype tool that allows users to mix colours on screen as if they were working in real …

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A stealthy startup says it's building A.I. for robots

Vicarious, a seven-year-old startup in Silicon Valley startup working on artificial general intelligence, has raised $50 million Series C funding led …

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Roomba Maker Wants to Sell Maps of Your Home to Google, Amazon - ExtremeTech

By on July 25, 2017 at 3:10 pm<p>One of the problems with covering the decline of privacy in the digital age is the very <i>concept</i> that people should have …

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Researchers Are Competing to See Who Can Make The Best Household Robot

Move over self-driving cars.<p>How far away is a robot that could help you around the house with domestic tasks such as putting away the groceries, …

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling maps of your home

<b>Analysis</b> Roomba maker iRobot recorded soaring sales and banked rising profits in the three months to July, according to figures revealed on …

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The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

The next time you’re swimming in Lake Geneva, don’t be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other …

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SoftBank reportedly took a stake in Roomba's maker iRobot

SoftBank has reportedly made another gamble on robots.<p>The Japanese internet giant has taken a stake in iRobot, which makes robotic Roomba vacuum cleaners, according to Bloomberg. It's a relatively small stake at less than 5%, according to the report, but neither company has confirmed the deal.<p>It …

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Will Apple map your home with iRobot's Roomba?

Is it counterintuitive to predict that one of the impacts of virtual reality will be better indoor maps of the reality we are already in? I don’t …

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Our brains always plan one step ahead of our bodies when we walk

Keep your head up. Today, navigating the urban jungle can be challenging, with uneven sidewalks and errant kerbs presenting obstacles to easy …

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4D camera gives robots a wider view - Futurity

A new 4D camera could give robots more information about the world—and be useful in self-driving cars and drones.

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Tomorrow’s Mini Medical Robots Could Squirm Like Maggots

Conventional pharmaceuticals aren't always the best way to treat an ailment. Drugs are often imprecise, unpredictable, or come along with tricky side …

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Robotic eel loaded with living sensors might hunt down pollution in the water

The robotics researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have produced some truly impressive (and creepy) …

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Roomba robot vacuum cleaner could collect data about users' homes

by Amber Phillips, The Washington Post<p>For the most part, Congress abides by an unwritten rule: Don't do something that could set you up for a fight …

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