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Jibo Social Robot on Sale for $899

Three years after raising more than $3.6 million on a crowdfunding campaign, Jibo the social robot is now available for the public to buy. Pre-ordered units will start shipping to customers in November.
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Samsung POWERbot VR7000 Alexa-Controlled Robot Vacuum Debuting at CES
By Steve Crowe · 28 December, 2016 • At Samsung will unveil its new POWERbot VR7000 robot vacuum that can be controlled with your voice by connecting it to an Amazon Echo. The POWERbot VR7000 is 28 percent slimmer than previous Samsung robot vacuums and maps your home.
5e NannyBot Wants to be Your Robot Babysitter
By Steve Crowe · 27 December, 2016 • The 5e NannyBot is designed to help parents remotely monitor their kids. The robot uses sonar to follow kids around and stream a live audio/video feed back to the parent's cell phone or computer.
Amazon Echo Data Sought in First-Degree Murder Case
By Steve Crowe · 27 December, 2016 • Authorities in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon to deliver any audio and records from an Echo that belongs to James Andrew Bates. Bates is going to trial in 2017 for first-degree murder of Victor Collins.
Zenbo Home Robot Goes on Sale Jan. 1 in Taiwan
By Steve Crowe · 22 December, 2016 • ASUS' Zenbo home robot is designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families. ASUS will start selling 32G and 128G versions of Zenbo in Taiwan beginning January 1, 2017.
Plen Cube Personal Assistant Robot Launching at CES
By Steve Crowe · 20 December, 2016 • PLENGoer Robotics will launch at CES 2017 its PLEN CUBE palm-sized personal assistant robot.
Meet the CES Robotics Conference Lineup
By RT Staff · 12 December, 2016 • The CES Robotics Conference will explore how robots are transforming our lives. Hear from CyPhy Works, Hanson Robotics, NVIDIA, Savioke, Softbank, Starship Technologies and more.
Chess-Playing Robot Wants to Put CES 2017 in Checkmate
By Steve Crowe · 9 December, 2016 • Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is showcasing its chess-playing companion robot that will challenge attendees at Tech East, Westgate in booth 2015. It's probably not as smart as IBM's Deep Blue, but the robot can pick up chess pieces and move them around.
Robot Holiday Gift Guide 2016
By Steve Crowe · 9 December, 2016 • We've rounded up 11 robots that will be great gifts for the neat freaks, techies, wannabe coders, and drone fanatics on your holiday shopping list.
Samsung POWERbot Turbo Robot Vacuum Maps Your Home, Has Alexa Voice Control
By Steve Crowe · 7 December, 2016 • Samsung's POWERbot Turbo VR9350 robot vacuum creates a map of your home that is stored on the smartphone app. You can then select specific areas or rooms for the vacuum to clean. The POWERbot Turbo VR9350 also features Alexa voice control for added convenience.
Top 20 Black Friday Robot Deals
By Steve Crowe · 23 November, 2016 • We round up our favorite Black Friday deals on drones, robot vacuums, robot toys, and virtual assistants.
Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Adds Amazon Alexa Voice Control
By Steve Crowe · 22 November, 2016 • Users can now control the Neato Botvac Connected robot vacuum using Amazon Alexa voice control on the Echo or Echo Dot. Alexa voice control allows you to start, stop, pause, and resume the Botvac Connected's cleaning cycle.
iRobot Acquires Japanese Distributor Sales On Demand Corporation
By RT Staff · 21 November, 2016 • iRobot will acquire Tokyo, Japan-based Sales On Demand Corporation, a distributor that will help grow iRobot sales in Japan.
Jibo Social Robot Won’t Ship in 2016
By Steve Crowe · 18 November, 2016 • Jibo won't ship to customers in 2016. In an email update to its Indiegogo backers, CEO Steve Chambers says Jibo's second in-home beta test "shed light on some important technical challenges we must overcome."
Laundroid Laundry-Folding Robot Maker Raises $60M
By RT Staff · 18 November, 2016 • Seven Dreamers Laboratories, a startup specializing in the development in AI, robotics, and healthcare devices, has raised $60 million.
Social Robot Maker Jibo Raises $13M
By Steve Crowe · 11 November, 2016 • The social robot startup Jibo has raised $13.1 million from investors, but a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the company is looking to raise a total of $28 million.

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