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At TRI, our goal is to make breakthrough capabilities in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Despite recent advancements in AI, the large amount of data collection needed to deploy systems in unstructured environments continues to be a burden. Data collection in computer vision can be both quite costly and time-consuming, largely due to the process of annotating. Annotating data is typically done by a team of labelers, who are provided a long list of rules for how to handle different scenarios and what data to collect. For complex systems like a home robot or a self-driving car, these rules must be constantly refined, which creates an expensive feedback loop.

The Roomba 670 is just $199 at Walmart


The iRobot Roomba 670 WiFi robot vacuum is only $199 at Walmart as of March 2. Spring cleaning isn't fun, but it doesn't have to be a chore. You can tag team the entire process if you invest in a faithful robot companion to focus on your floors and hard-to-reach nooks. And it doesn't need to be a huge investment if you take advantage of a budget-friendly robot vacuum available at Walmart. SEE ALSO: Don't leave mopping out of spring cleaning. Save $50 on iRobot's robot mop instead.

Users Report 'Drunken' Roombas After Software Update

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The convenient robotic vacuums got a software update, and now users are saying the device is hitting furniture and struggling to find charging stations.

'Drunk' Roombas? Software update trips up models of robot vacuums

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Has your Roomba vacuum been acting strange lately? Yours might not be the only one. Some i7 and s9 models of the robot vacuums have been experiencing issues due to a recent software update, iRobot said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY. The company said the issues affect a "limited number" of models. "We've worked with impacted customers to roll their robot's software back, and we are also implementing an update to ensure any similar issues are avoided moving forward," said iRobot in its statement.

Get a Roomba 981 robot vacuum and an Echo Dot for over $200 off


As of Feb. 19, get the iRobot Roomba 981 robot vacuum for only $349.99, and choose to add on an Echo Dot smart speaker for an additional $10. Cleaning your own floors is so 2020 (and after last year, we all deserve a break from housework). Level up your home cleaning game with an iRobot Roomba 981 robot vacuum, which has a ton of smart features to keep your home clean -- and you won't have to lift a finger. If you've always dreamed of telling your Roomba when to clean without pressing any buttons, go for the discounted Roomba 981 and Echo Dot bundle, and cleaning is as easy as saying "Alexa, tell Roomba to vacuum." The iRobot Roomba 981 is sitting at its lowest Amazon price ever, according to price tracker camelcamelcamel -- the current $349.99 pricing is about $50 lower than the previous all-time low of $400.

Got a Roomba? Clean these filthy components right now


I thought I'd been doing a good job keeping my iRobot Roomba 675Remove non-product link clean, carefully pulling clumps of hair off its brushes and wheels and emptying its bin after every cleaning. Little did I know that dust and gunk were building up in places where I wasn't even looking. First, consider the metal charging contacts on the Roomba's base station. When was the last time you gave them a close look--or looked at them at all, for that matter? I sure hadn't, but when I did, I saw that instead of being completely silver, one of the two contacts had a rust-colored ring around it, while the other was almost completely discolored.

AI helps this Koda social robot dog sense human emotions


If you can't adopt a real dog, why not opt for this robot dog from Koda that uses artificial intelligence? Man's best friend has always been the domesticated dog, but mutts around the world could end up with some serious competition in the form of Koda's AI-powered robot dog. Unlike other robot dogs on the market, the Koda artificial intelligence dog is meant to interact socially with its human owners. The robot's AI helps it sense when its owner is sad, happy or excited so it can, over time, respond in an appropriate manner to human emotions. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.

Hyundai rolls out adorable customer service robot for its showrooms


In an effort to offer assistance without any unnecessary human interaction, Hyundai has unveiled the DAL-e, a new customer service robot that is both adorable yet functional. It debuted today in a Hyundai Motor showroom in southern Seoul in a pilot operation. The company says part of the purpose behind DAL-e is to accommodate customers who'd like to reduce human contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DAL-e is an acronym for "Drive you, Assist you, Link with you-experience," and the robot is equipped with "state-of-the-art artificial intelligence" designed to deliver a friendly customer service experience. It has facial recognition plus a language-comprehension platform that should allow it to communicate with potential customers.

Hyundai debuts DAL-e: your future customer service robot


Hyundai has introduced DAL-e, an automated robot the company hopes will serve humans in an "intimate and personal way." DAL-e, short for "Drive you, Assist you, Link with you-experience," is a compact robot measuring 1,160x600x600 mm and weighing 80kg that can zip around shop floors and can be programmed to offer "bespoke" customer services. On Monday, the automaker said DAL-e is backed by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), including language processing -- a useful addition to recognize queries and manage our accents -- facial recognition technologies, and mobility. Hyundai is currently demonstrating DAL-e in one of the firm's showrooms in Seoul, South Korea, with a view to use the pilot to improve the customer services robot's AI capabilities. DAL-e "independently communicates with people using precise recognition capabilities and mobility functions," Hyundai says, touting the robot as a means to lighten the load on existing, human staff.