Cat kicks oncoming Roomba like a boss

You might think you're smooth. But you'll never be as smooth as this black cat redirecting a robotic vacuum with its back leg WHILE continuing to aggressively stare down another cat. I mean, it doesn't even move its head as the vacuum approaches. So good.

Previously: If you watch one cat video this year, let it be this one

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The heads of Darth Vader and a stormtrooper as robotic vacuums

There's SO much Star Wars merch out there and few galactic items catch my eye anymore.

Well, that is until I came across this robotic vacuum POWERbot duo by Samsung. One looks like the head of a stormtrooper and the other of Darth Vader. Both play some of your "favorite Star Wars sound effects," including the theme song. (Sure! Why not?)

Get that second mortgage because prices for these snazzy limited-edition vacuums start at $599.

Also, related: I wasn't sure if "stormtrooper" was capitalized or not (it's not) and came across this Star Wars style guide while looking for the answer. Read the rest

Watch this baby ride around on a Roomba

Oh, just a baby riding around on a robotic vacuum. Usually it's a cat, but today it's someone's sprog.

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Roomba walks back plan to sell maps of your house to Amazon and Google

Last week, Reuters published an interview with Irobot CEO Colin Angle, in which the Roomba-czar explained his plan to have his cleaning robots produce detailed maps of your house that the company would sell to Amazon and Google, something the company could do today, thanks to an exceptionally broad and one-sided terms of service that you "agree" to when you become an Irobot customer. Read the rest

Roomba wants to sell the maps of the inside of your home it created while cleaning

Your Roomba vacuum cleaner collects data about the size and geometry of your home as it cleans and transmits that data back to Irobot, Roomba's parent company -- and now the company says it wants to sell that data to companies like Apple and Google. Read the rest

A 'Roomba' for weeds

The inventor of the Roomba robot vacuum, Joe Jones, has come up with something new: a solar-powered weeding robot called the Tertill. It will patrol your home garden daily looking for weeds to cut down.

How does it know what's a weed and what's a plant?

Tertill has a very simple method: weeds are short, plants are tall. A plant tall enough to touch the front of Tertill's shell activates a sensor that makes the robot turn away. A plant short enough to pass under Tertill’s shell, though, activates a different sensor that turns on the weed cutter.

Get your own weed-killing robot for $249 through the Tertill's Kickstarter.

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