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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.

Everyone buy two Roombas, because it's time for Roomba pong


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You can get amazing Black Friday deals on Roombas right now

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Save on a Roomba ahead of the Black Friday shopping rush. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. The holidays are right around the corner, which means we'll all have to attend to our hosting duties for Friendsgivings, holiday parties, and fancy dinners. If you want your home looking spiffy for when the guests arrive, there's no better time to invest in a robot vacuum to keep your floors clean of dirt, pet hair, and dust bunnies.

Get $100 off an iRobot Roomba from Target


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.

The awesome iRobot Roomba 690 is down to its lowest price ever today


And today, you can get one for the cheapest it's ever been: The iRobot Roomba 690 is down to $249 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $375. This Roomba 690 smart robot vacuum connects to Wi-Fi, so you'll be able to create schedules or actively ask it to clean from anywhere via its mobile app. It's also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can tell it to start or stop cleaning using just your voice. Dirt Detect technology helps the Roomba recognize areas which need a little extra attention, while a 3-stage cleaning system ensures a thorough clean. It also automatically recharges itself so it will always be ready to go.