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Aibo Robot Dog Returning in 2018

Sony is launching a refreshed version of its Aibo robot dog in 2018. The new Aibo will feature artificial intelligence (AI), internet connectivity, voice control, and the ability to control connected devices throughout its environment.
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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum
By RT Staff · 10 March, 2016 • The Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum builds on the company's existing 5-in-1 cleaning formula to peak efficiency levels of simultaneous vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, UV sterilizing and HEPA filtration.
Amazon Echo Dot
By RT Staff · 3 March, 2016 • Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses the same voice recognition as Amazon Echo.
Amazon Tap
By RT Staff · 3 March, 2016 • Amazon Tap is part of the Alexa family. Tap has the same tower-like form factor as Amazon Echo, but it’s cordless, has a 9-hour battery life and can be easily moved around your home
Amazon Alexa Expands Smart Home Voice Controls
By Steve Crowe · 3 March, 2016 • Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are two new Alexa-enabled devices designed to be the voice-controlled back-end for everything in a smart home.
Neato Botvac Connected Adds Smartwatch Controls
By Steve Crowe · 3 March, 2016 • A new app update now allows an Apple Watch or Android Wear device to control Neato Robotics' WiFi-enabled Botvac Connected robot vacuum. The Apple Watch and Android Wear devices allow you to start and stop the Botvac Connected robot vacuum and monitor its cleanup progress.
Tertill Weeding Robot Wants to be the Roomba of Gardens
By Steve Crowe · 26 February, 2016 • Franklin Robotics joins the Robotics Trends Show to discuss its Tertill weeding robot, a solar-powered, autonomous weed killer.
5 Robots Seeking Your Crowdfunding Support
By Steve Crowe · 23 February, 2016 • A roundup of the hottest robotics projects currently raising money on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.
Amazon Echo Voice Commands Control Ecobee3 Thermostat
By Steve Crowe · 16 February, 2016 • The Ecobee3 is the first thermostat to directly integrate with Amazon Echo, allowing you to set specific temperatures or just turn up the heat with simple voice commands.
Week in Review: Google Self-Driving Cars are Legal Drivers
By RT Staff · 12 February, 2016 • A look at the week's top consumer robotics stories, including Google's self-driving cars becoming legal drivers and the FAA shrinking the DC no-drone zone.
Robit Home Robot Uses Apps to Help Around the House
By Steve Crowe · 12 February, 2016 • Robit is a friendly home robot designed to help you around the house. Robit is built on an open-source platform and will have an app store where you can purchase custom apps.
1,000 Buddy Companion Robots Available for Pre-order
By Steve Crowe · 3 February, 2016 • Blue Frog Robotics has announced the pre-sale of 1,000 Buddy companion robots for $699, which is about 10 percent cheaper than the planned list price when Buddy ships in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Why Home Robots Must Continue to Evolve
By Eugene Demaitre · 14 January, 2016 • Robots are entering household use, but could single-purpose robots actually create more work for users?
Laundroid Folds Clothing—in a Black Box
By Eugene Demaitre · 8 January, 2016 • Japan's Seven Dreamers showed off its Laundroid at CES 2016, but how much is your time worth?
IBM Watson Makes Pepper Robots Smarter
By Steve Crowe · 7 January, 2016 • IBM and SoftBank Robotics are planning to offer a Watson-powered version of the Pepper humanoid robot. Watson's cognitive computing technology will allow Pepper to continuously gain knowledge and "understand the world the way humans do - through senses, learning and experience.”
Leka Social Robot Helps Special Needs Children
By Steve Crowe · 4 January, 2016 • A new motion-sensitive social robot called Leka provides sensory stimulation through movement, lights, vibration and sound. Leka, which will be at CES 2016, is designed to help children with autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome, or multiple disabilities.

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