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.
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.
Right now you can get an $150 discount on the Roomba i7 . 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. If you say that vacuuming is your favorite chore, I respect your wrong opinion. It is in fact the most tedious and tiresome part of cleaning the house: prove me wrong.