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    Narwal launches a new midrange robot vacuum with flagship features

    Narwal Narwal has launched the midrange Narwal Freo X Plus<!–>, a robot vacuum and mop combination with 7800Pa of suction power, an aerodynamically engineered tangle-free brush, and an extra-large dustbin that can hold up to seven weeks’ worth of dust and debris. The price is perhaps the Freo X Plus’ best quality: the product starts […] More

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    Boston Dynamics’ latest Atlas robot sure has some (creepy) moves

    Boston Dynamics Just a day after announcing the retirement of its hydraulic humanoid robot Atlas, Boston Dynamics has revealed a new version of its bipedal robot — a fully electric version designed specifically for real-world applications.  In a video showcasing the new version, which is still named Atlas but looks very different from the previous […] More

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    I just watched a robot that protects your privacy and I’m mesmerized

    That looks effective. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/ZDNETWe’ve become used to giving ourselves away.We give away our data. We even give away what we think, feel and do. Somehow, we say we care about privacy but don’t often do anything to protect it.Also: The best robot vacuums: Expert testedBut here’s something that may help in ways that we might never have imagined. It’s a robotic camera system — and its sole purpose is to protect your privacy.Its creators at the University of Sydney, Australia say they want to fight anyone who tries to sneak through your robot vacuum, your Ring camera, or any other so-called smart home device and get a full view of your inner life. Which includes, of course, where you keep your most valuable items.In a paper outlining their work, the researchers say: “We propose a specific form of inherent privacy preservation in which no images are captured or could be reconstructed by an attacker, even with full remote access.” More

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    You can now interact with Star Wars droids at Disneyland

    The Star Wars BD-X droids are remote-controlled by staff members. Disney Typically, communicating with a droid would be limited to sci-fi movies. However, with a sprinkle of magic and a major dose of advanced robotics, Disney is bringing the experience to Disneyland. Also: Apple reportedly exploring AI-powered home robots, including these two products Last fall, Disneyland […] More

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    Roomba’s new $275 Combo Essential may be the budget robot vacuum to beat in 2024

    iRobot iRobot today announced a new, affordable robot vacuum and mop to replace the budget-friendly Roomba 600 Series<!–>. The new Roomba Combo Essential–> surpasses the best-selling 600 Series by adding a mopping feature, 20 times more suction power, up to 120-minute battery life, and 25% better hard floor dirt pickup — all for just $275. […] More

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    Apple reportedly exploring AI-powered home robots, including these two products

    Jason Hiner/ZDNETApple has made several major shifts in its product roadmap within the past year, including putting an end to its electric car project and focusing on developing its presence in the AI space. Apple’s next pivot may be into home robotics. Also: The 15 best robots and AI tech we saw at CES On Wednesday, Apple analyst Mark Gurman — citing insider sources — reported that Apple is exploring developing personal robots. The possible products so far include a mobile robot assistant that follows users around their homes and an advanced tabletop device with a moving display powered by robotics.The robotics development is reportedly happening under John Giannandrea, Apple’s senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, who previously led machine intelligence, research, and search teams at Google. Additionally, Matt Costello and Brian Lynch, two Apple executives in the hardware group, have overseen the hardware development of the robots, according to the report.  More