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Roomba's premium S9 robot vacuum is $200 off at Wellbots


The holiday shopping season is a great time to find a robot vacuum at a good sale price, and one of iRobot's most advanced devices is $200 off right now. The Roomba S9 vacuum is down to $900, which is a record low for this model. The "plus" version comes with a Clean Base, but if you can do without that, the regular S9 vacuum is also discounted to $700. Since these remain expensive gadgets, you'll qualify for Wellbots' free shipping and the retailer also offers no sales tax outside New York. These robo-vacs do everything that the well-loved Roomba i7 series does, but they also have a few extra perks.

Engadget readers get $200 off Roomba's i7 vacuum at Wellbots


Roomba's i7 series has some of the most advanced robo-vacs you can get, but they come at high prices. But for Black Friday, Engadget readers can save $200 on both of the robot vacuums in the line. The Roomba i7 drops to $599 and the Roomba i7 falls to $399 when you use the code ENGADGET200 at checkout. We've seen these vacuums drop to $699 and $499, respectively, but this is deal represents the best prices for both that we've seen. Since these remain expensive gadgets, you'll qualify for free shipping at Wellbots and the company offers no sales tax outside New York.

Smart Robots Market by Component, Type, Operating Environment, Mobility, Application


Increasing funding for research on robots is one of the major drivers contributing to the growth of the market. Funding for research on robotics has increased significantly over the past few years. Governments of multiple countries are undertaking initiatives for the development of robotics technology. For instance, with a total budget of USD 314 million (EUR 235), the European Commission has funded research, innovation, and development activities for smart service robots in assisted living environments, such as rehabilitation centers, under the Active and Assisted Living (AAL) joint program for the period of 2018 to 2020. The increasing demand for smart robots is due to the rising integration of IoT in robots for cost-efficient predictive maintenance. Predictive maintenance is forecasting potential issues before they happen.

The Roomba i7 robot vacuum returns to its all-time low price


The holiday shopping season has already begun, but Wellbots is kicking off November with a couple of deals on iRobot Roombas. Of note is the Roomba i7 for $699, which is $100 off its normal price. The standard Roomba i7, which does not come with a Clean Base, is also $100 off. We last saw these sale prices in August, and as usual, Wellbots is offering free shipping and no sales tax outside New York. We reviewed the Roomba i7 when it came out and gave it a score of 87.

4 AI Stocks That Will Surge in 2021 as Artificial Intelligence Takes Hold


Artificial intelligence (AI) is creeping into our everyday lives, often without us realizing it. Today, AI can be found in the digital assistants we use such as Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri and Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa to check our schedules and search for things on the internet; in the cars we own that now park themselves as they are able to recognize space around the vehicle; and in the small robots we use to clean our houses, such as the Roomba vacuum. Artificial intelligence is becoming more a part of our lives all the time, and will only grow in importance in coming years. In the not too distant future, AI will influence everything from how we shop for groceries to how diseases are diagnosed and treated by doctors. It all adds up to a fast growing market.

SoftBank unveils food service robot to reduce COVID-19 infection risk

The Japan Times

SoftBank Group Corp.'s robot making unit on Monday unveiled its new food service robot in a move designed to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections between staff and customers at restaurants and other eateries. SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. said it will start renting out its Servi robot, which can automatically deliver meals and drinks from the kitchen to tables at eateries, in January. The company said it expects orders from not only restaurants but also hospitals, retailers and hotels. The 1-meter-high column-shaped robot, co-developed with California-based Bear Robotics Inc., can carry a load of up to 35 kilograms at a time. It figures out where it needs to go using artificial intelligence.

SoftBank brings food service robot to labour-strapped Japan – IAM Network


By Sam Nussey2 Min ReadTOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank's robotics arm said on Monday it will bring a food service robot developed by California-based Bear Robotics to Japan as restaurants grapple with labour shortages and seek to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.Slideshow ( 3 images)The robot named Servi, which has layers of trays and is equipped with 3D cameras and Lidar sensors for navigation, will launch in January, SoftBank Group Corp said.Servi will cost 99,800 yen ($950) per month excluding tax on a three year plan.The launch leverages SoftBank's long experience in bringing overseas technology to Japan but reflects the shift away from CEO Masayoshi Son's earlier focus on humanoid robots.Servi has been tested by Japanese restaurant operators, including Seven & i Holdings at its Denny's chain, as the sector grapples with an aging workforce and deepening labour shortages.SoftBank's humanoid Pepper robot became the face of the company following its 2014 unveiling but failed to find a global customer base.The firm in 2018 announced cleaning robot Whiz, which employs technology from group portfolio company Brain Corp and has sold more than 10,000 units worldwide.SoftBank is touting the use of Whiz as a coronavirus countermeasure, …

How does Artificial Intelligence Contribute to Robotic System Design?


Artificial intelligence is en route to changing all industries and the robotics industry is not an exception. Presently, the innovative combination of AI and robotics has created a number of futuristic possibilities, in all the industry domains. While most of us will agree that most robots will be humanoids in 10 years from now; in many environments, robots are designed to emulate a range of behaviors and physical abilities will reflect a best fit for those characteristics. An exception will likely be robots that provide medical or other care or companionship for humans, and perhaps service robots that are meant to establish a more personal and'humanized' relationship. Though related, some would argue that the correct term is machine vision or robot vision rather than computer vision, because "robots seeing" involves more than just computer algorithms; engineers and roboticists also have to account for camera hardware that allow robots to process physical data.

Covid-19 could accelerate the robot takeover of human jobs


Inside a Schnucks grocery store in St. Louis, Missouri, the toilet paper and baking ingredients are mostly cleared out. A rolling robot turns a corner and heads down an aisle stocked with salsa and taco shells. It comes up against a masked customer wearing shorts and sneakers; he's pushing a shopping cart carrying bread. The robot looks something like a tower speaker on top of an autonomous home vacuum cleaner--tall and thin, with orb-like screen eyes halfway up that shift left and right. A red sign on its long head makes the introductions. Tally freezes, sensing the human, and the customer pauses, seeming unsure of what to do next. Should he maneuver around the robot? Or wait for it to move along on its own?

Moxie social robot from Embodied designed to help children learn IAM Network


Last week, Embodied Inc. launched Moxie, a social robot designed to help children with cognitive development. Moxie uses machine learning and the SocialX platform to perceive and interact. Maja Matarić, interim vice president and vice dean for research at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, co-founded Embodied in 2016. The Pasadena, Calif.-based company said it "has assembled a world-class team of experts in child development, engineering, technology, game design, and entertainment to create Moxie." Embodied has worked with advisors from Disney, MIT, Pixar, and The Jim Henson Co., among others.