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Debunking the Biggest Misconceptions About Service Robots

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When you think about service robots, what comes to mind? Maybe you think about that little CGI trash-compacting robot that was all alone cleaning up a future, wasted earth. Or maybe you think about a faraway robot rover scouring the surface of Mars, searching for signs of life. Perhaps you recently saw a robot your local grocery store mopping up spills. There are plenty of misconceptions about the nature of service robots.


This robot vacuum is the best money I ever spent as a pet owner

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When we got our beautiful puppy, Addy, I warned my boyfriend that golden retrievers shed--a lot. Despite my warnings, he didn't fully comprehend just how much hair one dog could produce. At first, he just kept saying it must be a seasonal shed, but after three months of daily Swiffering, he finally accepted that our apartment and clothing would simply be covered in dog hair forever. A few weeks later, it was Black Friday, and while I was browsing the daily deals on Amazon, I saw that the iRobot Roomba i7 was on sale for $700--that's $300 less than its list price. Even though I haven't been that impressed by robot vacuums in the past, I decided it would be a nice Christmas gift for our pet hair–infested household, and I made an impulse purchase.


You can finally get a Roomba for an affordable price right now

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Save on the best robot vacuum money can buy. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. One of the most frustrating things about vacuuming, at least in my opinion, is that no matter how often you do it, dirt and dust seem to accumulate back up in the blink of an eye. If you struggle to keep your floors clean as much as the next guy, then a robot vacuum might be the solution to your problems. These little cleaning assistants scoot around your floors, picking up crumbs, pet hair, and everything in between--so you don't have to lift a finger.


The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Martin Luther King Day

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Save big on the things you actually want on your day off. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you're lucky enough to have the day off, you should treat yourself a little further with some online shopping. Even better, you can get incredible discounts on the products you actually want thanks to all of the holiday sales. For example, top-rated iRobot Roombas, weighted blankets, and travel mugs are all on sale at Amazon--and you don't want to pass up on these savings.


Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

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"I was so embarrassed," said the home owner who called the police on his Roomba. "They asked how long we had it, I said two days and they all started laughing." A couple watching a movie in their bedroom in North Carolina heard a sound downstairs and thought someone had broken into their home. Husband and father Thomas Milam called the police. The operator asked if he was armed and Milam said he was.


Homeowners in North Carolina called 911 to report an intruder. It turned out to be a rogue Roomba

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Several police officers stormed into a home in North Carolina after the startled homeowners called to report an intruder in the middle of the night. The suspected burglar turned out to be a rogue robot vacuum cleaner. Over the holidays, Thomas Milam and his wife Elisa were watching a movie just after midnight when they heard a series of noises coming from downstairs. "We both were alarmed, we paused the movie and I had Elisa go to a safe place," Milam said in a notice shared by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. "I immediately grabbed my gun, went to Elisa and we stayed there silently waiting to see if we heard more noises. Someone was definitely downstairs rummaging through things, and it sounded close to us." Milam told his wife to call 911 and pointed his gun at the bedroom door.


Amazon proposes a home robot that asks you questions when it's confused

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AI models invariably encounter ambiguous situations that they struggle to respond to with instructions alone. That's problematic for autonomous agents tasked with, say, navigating an apartment, because they run the risk of becoming stuck when presented with several paths. To solve this, researchers at Amazon's Alexa AI division developed a framework that endows agents with the ability to ask for help in certain situations. Using what's called a model-confusion-based method, the agents ask questions based on their level of confusion as determined by a predefined confidence threshold, which the researchers claim boosts the agents' success by at least 15%. "Consider the situation in which you want a robot assistant to get your wallet on the bed … with two doors in the scene and an instruction that only tells it to walk through the doorway," wrote the team in a preprint paper describing their work.


20 insanely popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals everyone is buying

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Black Friday may be over, but these deals are still available. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Black Friday may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean that the thousands of fantastic deals have gone away. Luckily, there's a little thing called Cyber Weekend, in which retailers continue to slash their prices leading up to Cyber Monday. If you missed out on Black Friday shopping yesterday, don't fret, because there's still plenty of sales, savings, and discounts.


The best robot vacuum Black Friday deals at Amazon and Walmart

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Roombas come in a variety of models ideally suited to your needs. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you're one of the many Americans who spends roughly six hours a week cleaning your home, it's high time you get yourself a robot vacuum to do the work for you. Black Friday is one of the best times to save big on the handy floor cleaner, like our favorite robot vacuum, the iRobot Roomba i7 . Retailers like Amazon and Walmart are offering savings of up to $251 on select robot vacuum models from brands like iRobot, Bissell, Shark, and more.


Black Friday 2019: Best Walmart Black Friday deals

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The Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Indoor Grill is just one of the season's top gifts that you can get on major sale at Walmart right now. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. The wait is over: Black Friday deals are finally here. If you're looking to snag a great price on some of the season's top products like Apple AirPods, an iRobot Roomba vacuum, or an Instant Pot, Walmart has you covered. The store is known for its low prices, but they're rolling back even more discounts to help you save big on Black Friday.