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The Roomba 676 robot vacuum is less than $200 at Walmart


SAVE $148: There's no need to spend a small fortune on clean floors. The iRobot Roomba 676 robot vacuum is on sale for only $177(opens in a new tab) at Walmart as of June 23 -- that's about 46% in savings. From emptying the dishwasher to dusting the ceiling fans, your list of chores can feel overwhelming. Take a load off this season and recruit a robot vacuum -- it won't make your whole list go away, but it will clean your floors. The iRobot Roomba 676 robot vacuum(opens in a new tab) will only cost you $177 at Walmart as of June 23.

iRobot's Roomba 694 is $94 off at Amazon right now


A robot vacuum can take one chore off your hands, and now you can grab one of iRobot's most affordable machines for less. The Roomba 694 robot vacuum is back down to $180, which is just about an all-time low (we've seen it $1 cheaper in the past). That's $94 off, making it a great deal if you've had your eye on a robo-vac for a while but have been hesitant to drop a lot of money on one. The Roomba 694 is one of iRobot's most basic machines, but don't let that fool you. It earned a spot on our list of favorite affordable robot vacuums thanks to its good cleaning power and easy to use companion app.

The cheapest self-emptying Roomba makes an appearance at Walmart Weekend -- get it for $347


Walmart's version of Prime Day features a self-emptying Roomba for $50 less than Amazon's cheapest self-emptying Roomba. Walmart+ members can snag the Roomba i1+ for $347 and keep their hands clean of debris for two months at a time.

The iRobot Roomba i3 EVO is on sale for over $150 off -- its lowest price ever


As robot vacuums go, the iRobot Roomba i3 EVO is a pretty neat self-emptying one, and it's on sale as of June 1 for $399. It normally costs $549, so that's a discount of 27%. If you walk around barefoot in the home at all, you'll know how much dust and other gunk is likely on your floor (and now on the soles of your feet. Vacuuming or mopping by hand is a hassle though, so it's understandable why you might not want to bother -- you're not eating off the floor, after all. But robot vacuums have changed the game: The nifty little discs do your cleaning for you, with some models planning out cleaning routes to cover every square inch and others emptying the trash themselves into their charging stations (spoiler alert: This one does both).

The 2 fanciest Roombas are at record-low prices at Amazon


SAVE 20-25%: As of May 31, the two most high-end Roombas -- the j7 and the s9 -- are discounted by $200.99 at Amazon. You'll pay $599 and $799, respectively. Robot vacuums are one of the core categories that usually see deals for Prime Day. But if you've had your sights set on a new Roomba, a May 31 deal could snag you an extra month or so of hands-off clean floors. The two most high-end Roombas, the j7 and s9, are chilling at their lowest prices ever at Amazon ($599 and $799, respectively).

iRobot's Roomba j7 and s9 robot vacuums are $200 off for Memorial Day


Memorial Day weekend has brought back some of the best prices we've seen on Roomba robot vacuums. You can pick up the Roomba j7 and the Roomba s9 for $599 and $799, respectively, when using the code ENDGT200 at Wellbots. Both of those models come with clean bases, but if you think you can safely skip that extra piece of hardware, you can pick up the Roomba j7 for $399 instead using the same code. The Roomba j7 series has some of iRobot's newest machines in it. The line debuted at the end of 2021 and the robot vacuums come with new AI-driven computer vision technology that helps them better detect objects and clean around them. The company has focused on this in the context of pet poop, claiming the j7 machines are its first "pet-poop detecting" robots.

Dyson reveals home robot prototypes that can carry out domestic chores – Dezeen


"Dyson is supercharging its robotics ambitions, recruiting 250 robotics engineers across disciplines including computer vision, machine learning, …

Living with Astro, Amazon's home robot


Amazon's household robot is exactly what I expected, but it's not what I wanted and it definitely isn't what anyone asked for. Instead of a multitasking mimicry of me that can empty the dishwasher, pick up my kids' shoes, feed the dog, and clean the house, Amazon's first attempt at a home bot is simply a souped-up Echo Show on wheels. It also has two cameras that it uses to find people and places in your home to deliver items, reminders, or timers. It can act as a security guard and patrol your home when paired with a Ring subscription, and it can fart and burp. In short, the Astro does everything Amazon's smart home products and services already do -- only on wheels. But the Astro is a robot. And that part is really cool.

IKEA made a Matter-ready hub with a new smart home app to match


IKEA continues its foray into smart home devices with the launch of a Google Matter-ready hub called DIRIGERA and a new IKEA Home smart app. With the new device and app, the Swedish company is promising to handle more smart device segments while making device integration easier. It says the app will be "convenient, easy to navigate and user-friendly" for anyone just getting into smart home tech. "With the new DIRIGERA hub for smart products, users will be able to onboard all IKEA smart products to the system and steer them individually, in sets or in groups in the new IKEA Home smart app. This enables users to create different scenes with pre-set functions of the smart products and increases the personalisation options for the smart home," according to the company.

Afreez Gan: Open Source Robot Dog, Kickstarter, and Home Robots Sense Think Act Podcast #18


The upcoming ICRA 2022 conference will be the first robotics conference that many attend in-person for the first time since the pandemic. For many, it may be your first time ever attending an academic conference. Before it passes by you in a blink, we have a series of posts -- a "millennial's guide" if you will -- to help you make the most out of it.