The 8 Hottest Robots of IFA... Are Mostly Vacuums

Robotics has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last few years, but we're still a long way from science fiction.

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You know how you always dreamed of having a robot best friend, or a robot dog, or a robot maid, or a robot anything cool? Well, surprise, it's 2013, and the world is full of robots... robot vacuums, that is. The IFA show floor was full of them. iRobot still leads the pack, but many other manufacturers are building their own versions. And here's some good news: they're actually starting to innovate. If a robot can vacuum a floor, why not a window? Or a lawn? Or even... well, wait until you see our winner.

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iRobot's Roomba is still the robo-king. The 600 series is the mid-tier model, with lots of features that won't break the bank.
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The LG Hom-Bot 3.0 can clean corners, thanks to its square(ish) shape.
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The Ecovacs Winbot is fairly amazing, slowly moving across a window surface with no wires or strings suspending it.
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A robotic lawn mower? Now this makes sense, although it may take valuable chore money from the pockets of kids everywhere.
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Despite its name, the Mamirobot is probably no replacement for an actual mom.
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Excited staffers at the Moneaul booth show off their colorful Hybrid Robot Cleaners.
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The makers of Roomba have expanded into robotic gutter cleaners, turning one of the most hazardous household tasks into one of the most high tech.

Our Winner

This little wonder was wandering the show floor, delighting and unsettling attendees in equal measure. Like a bizarre prototype of Rosie the Robot, it's clear this was the robot to remember.




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