Appliances & Durable Goods

33% off iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Prime Day Deal Alert


This is a Prime Day deal good for today only, and reserved for Amazon Prime members (or those with a free trial: sign up here). The Roomba 652 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. Preset Roomba to clean when it's convenient for you, so you can keep up with everyday mess. This story, "33% off iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Prime Day Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.



The Roomba 650 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal and works on all floor types, adjusting itself and re-charging itself as needed to make sure the job is done correctly every time you need it -- preset Roomba to clean when it's convenient for you. See this deal on Amazon. This story, "23% off iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.

GE Appliances to get Google voice control option


GE Appliances announced a deal with Google Wednesday enabling the US tech giant's voice control home hub to be used for cooking, cleaning and other functions. The deal enables GE's "Geneva" to communicate with the Google Assistant, so users can say: "Ok Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes." Consumers will be able to use voice commands to preheat their own meals, or check if laundry or dishes are cleaned with connected GE appliances, the companies said. Google and its parent company Alphabet have been seeking to diversify beyond internet search to new kinds of services, many focused on artificial intelligence which powers its Google Home hub and other devices.

iRobot's entry-level Roombas offer app control on the cheap


Unlike the 650 and 860 -- its previous low-end robots -- they can be controlled through the iRobot Home app. As promised, iRobot is also adding Alexa support for its Wi-Fi connected cleaners. The "skill" is enabled by barking "Alexa, open Roomba," or by selecting the Roomba skill inside the Alexa app. It's a small, but neat trick that Neato, one of iRobot's biggest competitors, introduced for its own cleaners late last year.

14% off iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Deal Alert


Roomba 960 seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging itself after working for up to 75 minutes, and then resuming until the job is done. Just press clean or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot Home App, from which you can also monitor its cleaning status. Roomba works on all floor types, and at just 3.6 inches tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. The very full featured Roomba 960 averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and is currently discounted $100 off its typical list price, making it available right now for $599.

Wany Robotics Wany Robotics - Artificial Intelligence for Interactive Toys and Home Appliances

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A robot that is equipped with Instinct Software offers behavior that makes sense, in which we can interpret the robot's intentions in the same way as we can analyze human behavior. Not only that, but the behavior evolves and remains appropriate over time - behavior is not random since the robot remembers what it's done and learns from experience. Robots running Instinct Software can react reasonably and coherently, but not so predictably as to be sterile and uninteresting.

The best gadgets you can buy for your kitchen in 2016


We spent time with both the latest kitchen tech and some classics that wouldn't be out of place in our grandparents' home, and developed this list of the best cooking and smart home tech you can buy. Because it allows chefs to cook foods to tender perfection over long periods of time, sous vide cooking is gaining interest worldwide. If you're ready to try cold brew, we recommend this sturdy, simple brewer from Takeda. Today, GE sells over 70 washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens that are compatible with smart home technology.

Roomba Poop Story Goes Viral After Vacuum Cleaner Goes Wrong: One Man's Dumpy Morning

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An Arkansas man woke up to a horrible scene earlier this month and found that his robotic, automatic vacuum cleaner had managed to spread dog poop all throughout his house. Newton said he walked into his living room at some time after 3 a.m. and found that his Roomba, which is set to vacuum each night at 1:30 a.m., had run over dog poop his puppy had left behind. There were some casualties: Newton wrote that he knew his efforts to clean up a rug his wife loved were futile but still he attempted to clean it because he knew she'd ask if he had tried. Newton's Roomba didn't make it either after he tried to wash it in the tub.

Energy Star 3.0 server spec to look at coprocessors for more accurate power-efficiency ratings


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Energy Star specification for servers to take into account significant system design changes and help buyers make effective purchasing decisions. Over the last few years, server makers have increasingly used coprocessors to boost computing power and given memory a bigger role in processing data. The EPA last week sent out a letter to program participants, including server makers, to revise specifications that will "account for advances in technology and raise the bar on energy efficiency requirements for servers." Energy Star 2.0 took active-state test benchmarks from the SERT (Server Efficiency Rating Tool) tool provided by an industry standard organization called Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

From iRobot to HEXA: Are Robots the Next Home Appliance?

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She told me that they actually have a central vacuum system installed in the house. Thus, as I usually do, I began the rabbit hole internet search about central vacuum systems. When I ruled out that a central vacuum system would be possible in our house, I thought about other options. With a Roomba, parents might have a clean floor, but they lose out on the parenting opportunity of getting kids to vacuum the floor as a chore.