Ecovacs Winbot X window cleaning robot: Great concept, not-so-great in reality

Ecovacs Winbot X window cleaning robot: Great concept, not-so-great in reality

Most people I know hate cleaning windows, which is why the Ecovacs Winbot X (US$449.99) window cleaning robot is such an attractive idea. The concept is exciting: slap a robot onto a window and let it move around for a while, leaving a crystal-clear view out of your window. In reality, though, I think Ecovacs might want to do a bit more work on making a window-cleaning robot that doesn’t require as much supervision.

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Pyle Audio takes on home automation with Smart Robot Vacuum with Built-in Camera

Pyle Audio takes on home automation with Smart Robot Vacuum with Built-in Camera

One of the few home automation product categories that I find really useful is home robotics, particularly with robot vacuum cleaners. I've owned robot vacuums since the days of the first Roombas, and they're perfect for tidying up rooms while getting other work done. Pyle Audio is moving into this space today with the new $289.99 Smart Robot Vacuum with Built-in Camera, which features not only six different cleaning modes, but an HD camera that can show you -- via an iPhone app -- what just got cleaned up under that couch!

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AWT News Update: May 25, 2016

AWT News Update: May 25, 2016

REMINDER: AWT News Update will be on hiatus between 5/26 and 6/6/16, returning on June 7.

A few stories for today:

  • Apple's hopes in India are dashed by some government bureaucrats who decided that the company would not be given an exemption to a local-sourcing rule
  • Foxconn managed to reduce workforce by 60,000 people at one plant in Kunshan, China. How? It gave their jobs to robots
  • A fantastic piece by Brian Roemmele over on Medium points out that a new and improved Siri may be just about ready to debut
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