If the Roomba went to grad school

The UBOT is a smarter--but needier--vacuum bot

"Roombas" and "Scoobas" are fine for what they do, but--how shall we say this--they're kind of dumb. The "Microrobot UBOT," on the other hand, is kind of like a Roomba with a college degree.

Rather than randomly vacuum or scrub as it bumps its way about the house, the UBOT senses its target floor, sweeping and mopping at the same time in a single pass while avoiding duplicate cleaning. But just like some overeducated humans we know, it can correctly perform its duties only with the help of others--in this case, bar codes that are printed directly onto the floor boards, which the machine then reads.

If you do go through all the trouble to construct a support system that satisfies this hothouse flower, Appliancist says it will dutifully follow the markings back to its docking station upon completion of its tasks or if its four-hour battery needs recharging, whichever comes first. But if money is no issue, we would suggest skipping class and going with the brute force of a $170,000 cleaning monster from Japan.

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Details about Apple's 'spaceship' campus from the drone pilot who flies over it

MyithZ has one of the most popular aerial photography channels on YouTube. With the exception of revealing his identity, he is an open book as he shares with CNET's Brian Tong the drone hardware he uses to capture flyover shots of the construction of Apple's new campus, which looks remarkably like an alien craft.

by Brian Tong