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Jibo

By Chief Robot | Filed in Household

Cynthia Breazeal, a robotics professor at MIT, has taken some time off from MIT to launch Jibo. Jibo is a social robot for your home that has facial recognition and can differentiate between different family members.

Jibo can also do things like greet you when you come home or read your email aloud.  Jibo also sports two hi resolution cameras to take pictures for you.  Currently you can pre-order Jibo through the Indiegogo campaign. Check out the video below or go to http://www.myjibo.com.

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Honda’s Lawnmowing Robot

By Chief Robot | Filed in Household

MiimoMiimo, the new robotic lawnmower from Honda cuts your lawn in a random pattern for less stress on the grass.

The mowing height is adjustable from 20mm to 60 mm.

Lifts sensors activate an alarm if Miimo is lifted off the ground and requires a PIN to reactivate it for security.

For safety, Miimo has 3 bump sensors to detect objects that are in the way and it also stays inside a boundary wire you need to install. The boundary wire is connected to a charging station.

One odd fact is that the dealers will collect Miimo at the end of the season for winter maintenance and in some cases store it for the winter for you.

Miimo will be available in Europe in early 2013.

Link via (Engadget)

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Mint On Sale

By Chief Robot | Filed in Household

mint robotic floor cleanerDidn’t get the floor cleaning robot you wanted for the holidays?

Well, the Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner 4200 by Evolution Robotics is currently on sale at Amazon.

You can currently save 20% and buy it for only $199.00.

Mint uses infrared light for smart navigation to clean your floor with Swiffer like pads.

See our previous post Mint Cleaning Robot.

Mint has also won the CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award.

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Ketchup Dispensing robot

By Chief Robot | Filed in Household

This funny ketchup dispensing robot is the work of Bill Fienup and Barry Kudrowitz, two people who have studied at MIT.

Check out more videos at Automato75.com.

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Mint Wins Award

By Chief Robot | Filed in Household

mint robotic floor cleanerUnveiled last year at the CES  (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas was the Mint robotic floor cleaner, by Evolution Robotics that uses Swiffer like pads to clean your floor.

This year at the CES Mint has won the CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award.

Evolution Robotics partnered with Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject to design the robot.

Yves states:

Until now, home cleaning technologies frankly looked like sci-fi toys. Our belief is that by focusing on a simple and fail-safe consumer experience fused with a clean-modern aesthetic, we create a familiar and friendly product and brand,” said Yves Behar of fuseproject. “CES’s recognition is a great way to show the perfect marriage between sophisticated technology and considered design.

Mint is currently available on Amazon for $199.

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