If you ever feel like robots are getting the upper hand on humanity, consider using your own hands to put them in their place. Researcher Akihiro Nakamura from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan has developed a motion controller for iRobot's Roomba vacuum bots that recognizes his gestures and posture. The system is yet another Microsoft Kinect hack using the OpenNI API. The gestural interface eliminates the need to bend over and push Roomba's buttons. It also allows you to lord it over the overgrown hockey puck.
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They're helpful, kinda adorable, and the exact right amount of intelligence we want our devices to have. Plus, you can give it a fun name. SEE ALSO: Here's how to get one of those Star Wars vacuums if you don't want to shell out $800 up front Before Amazon got Alexa into every room of your house, you could still get a robot to do your chores. If you still haven't grabbed one of the OG Internet of Things devices--either because it's too expensive or it seems kinda low-tech at this point, Target's got you covered on both counts. The iRobot Roomba 960 is available now for $599.99.
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. PSA: You can get an iRobot Roomba for $324.99 right now. The Roomba 690 is $50 off at Target right now, which means there's never been a better time to invest in robotic home cleaning service. The 690 is the newer and more affordable model to join the Roomba lineup -- it's also one of the first non-900 models to have WiFi connectivity as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. Use the iRobot HOME app to tell your Roomba to start cleaning and come home to cat hair-free floors.
You know you want a Roomba. Who doesn't want a little robot vacuum that does one of the most annoying chores on our list? Compatible with Alexa, the Roomba basically does everything on its own. All you have to do is schedule its cleaning with your smartphone (or just ask your preferred smart hub assistant to turn it on), and it zips off to clean your floors. According to the product page, it can clean an entire level of your house with visual localization and cliff detect sensors for avoiding nasty falls.