9 Gifts to Turn a House Into a Smart Home

The number of connected home devices has skyrocketed in the past dozen months, and your loved ones might feel a little left out if they're not controlling appliances with a phone. Let's fix that, shall we? » 12/11/14 10:55am 12/11/14 10:55am

Take Vacuuming Off Your To-Do List with this Discounted Roomba

Long before there were learning thermostats, smartphone-controlled locks, and IFTTT-connected light bulbs, there was the original smart home appliance: The Roomba. I know I've always wanted one, and if you've felt the same way, today's a great chance to make your wish come true. » 12/03/14 8:45am 12/03/14 8:45am

Your New Receiver, Roombas, Solar Power, Sony NEX-7 [Deals]

Wifi, Bluetooth, 6 HDMI inputs, 7.2 channels, 4K, 3D, HD Audio, cheap. Grab the refurb. Onkyo TX-NR626 A/V Receiver today for just 300 bucks. [Amazon] » 1/23/14 1:45pm 1/23/14 1:45pm

Roomba 880 Review: All Hail the Most Powerful Robot Vacuum Yet

You want a clean home? Sure, who doesn't. Too lazy to clean it yourself? Absolutely. iRobot's Roomba 880—the latest in its series of robot vacuum cleaners—was made for you. It's the Rolls-Royce of highly motivated cleaning appliances, and it can take care of some serious dinge. Although it'll cost you some serious… » 11/12/13 12:01am 11/12/13 12:01am

IBM's Using Hacked Roombas To Hunt Down Datacenter Overheating

To ensure the cooling and ventilation systems in the company's datacenters are running at peak efficiency, IBM now employs autonomous temperature-monitoring robots built on the iRobot Create platform to hunt down problematic areas. » 6/04/13 10:22am 6/04/13 10:22am

The Cheap $40 Roomba Alternative That Doesn't Suck (But Probably Does)

If the Roomba's $300 price tag is too rich for your blood, but you're still on the hunt for a lazy way to clean your floors, OCedar's roving, spinning O-Duster might just fit the bill. » 3/19/13 12:00pm 3/19/13 12:00pm

Overkill, Thy Name Is This Tiny, Tablet-Cleaning, Roomba-Like Robot

We all hate using a smartphone or tablet when the screen's covered in greasy fingerprints. But it's a situation that's easy to solve with nothing but a shirt sleeve, or if you're particularly anal, a microfiber cloth. What the world doesn't need is a tiny Roomba-like cleaning device designed specifically for cleaning… » 2/05/13 8:57am 2/05/13 8:57am

Roomba Shaming. This Is a Thing, Right?

Roomba has some problems with the apartment. Roomba does not like my dining room table. Roomba has trouble with the Swiffer, which he (?) mounts and then cannot free himself from—like a copulating wolf. (Wolves do that, right?) » 1/15/13 5:15pm 1/15/13 5:15pm

Would You Buy Someone Else's Second-Hand Vacuum on Ebay?

Listen, the Roomba is really expensive and it works. Of course you want it. But—again, of course—you do not want to shell out the big bucks for a glorified dust buster. You could check eBay! » 9/14/12 1:00am 9/14/12 1:00am

The Cheapest Roomba Just Got Way Better

The Roomba 500 Series is dead. Long live the 600 Series! iRobot is giving some products a very nice upgrade today, starting with its entry-level robotic floor vacuums. The Looj, its rain gutter cleaning bot, is getting the treatment, too. » 8/14/12 9:00am 8/14/12 9:00am

The Best Robot Floor Cleaners

It seems impossible, but we live in age when robots can clean our floors for us. You don't have to be Donald Trump or Emperor of Mars—this is science fact. But which floor-bot is dominant? We have answers. » 10/31/11 4:30pm 10/31/11 4:30pm

Toshiba's Roomba-Killer Packs Two CPUs...in a Vacuum

The international floor cleaning robot slave arena just got hotter—Toshiba's new Smarbo (terrible name) looks and functions pretty much exactly like the Roomba we love so much, but has two brains inside. Twice the cleanliness? » 8/24/11 8:47am 8/24/11 8:47am

How To Give Robot Vacuums a Personality (And Why It Matters)

If The Jetsons' Rosie had the personality of an automotive assembly line robot, she'd have been turned into sprockets long ago. IEEE discusses the latest efforts to endow domestic robots with a bit of attitude. » 6/27/11 4:00pm 6/27/11 4:00pm

Roomba 770: It Might Be Time to Sell Your Vacuum, Grandpa

Vacuums are old. Roombas are old. So who cares about a Roomba? When the latter can finally kick the former to the tech trash pile, we care. The dream of having a robot (effectively!) be my personal maid is alive. » 5/26/11 4:30pm 5/26/11 4:30pm

Guide Your Roomba With Your Hands With This Kinect Hack

A Japanese programmer hacked a Kinect to enable motion control of a Roomba vacuum cleaner to create a "future vacuum." The Roomba can be pointed in any direction with a hand motion. [New York Times] » 2/16/11 8:20pm 2/16/11 8:20pm

A Surefire Way to Ensure Cats Keep Off Roombas—For Life

Roomba-riding cats are a real problem to society. Costing the taxpayer MILLIONS each year in emergency room visits, carpets are looking a right old state, with humans too scared to turn their robot vacuums on. Enter the cat-ejection Roomba add-on. » 11/10/10 7:20am 11/10/10 7:20am

The Trouble With Robot Cleaners

Most of us are familiar with this fellow. He's a cute little robot vacuum who'll zip around your home to keep things tidy. He's got plenty of quirks and troubles though—something his competition is trying to avoid. » 9/03/10 2:00am 9/03/10 2:00am

This Is Not How You Design a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

You've got to love design concepts. This one, for example, takes a perfectly functional product—the Roomba—and makes it completely useless by putting it in the form of a robotic dog. Sigh. » 6/14/10 2:40pm 6/14/10 2:40pm

Upright Vacuum Fires Off Roomba Drone

Imagine vacuuming in one area of your living room when realizing that you missed a spot near the kitchen. You could walk all the way over there. Or you could launch a little robot to deal with it for you. » 5/21/10 1:06pm 5/21/10 1:06pm

Turtle On Roomba

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you what may very well be the perfect Gizmodo Sunday post: A terrified turtle riding a robot vacuum. Keep that head tucked in, little dude. [Animals Don't Think...] » 5/09/10 12:00pm 5/09/10 12:00pm