Business / Tech Nov 20, 2019

Robotics investments help SoftBank create Roomba rival Whiz

SoftBank Group Corp. has put billions of dollars into a laser-based technology that could allow cars to drive themselves and help astronauts land on distant planets. It turns out that same technology makes a pretty good vacuum cleaner. Engineers at SoftBank Robotics have spent years ...

More competitors urgently needed: iRobot tech chief

Business Jul 29, 2013

More competitors urgently needed: iRobot tech chief

by Sayo Sasaki

The technology chief of major U.S. robotics firm iRobot Corp. wants Sony Corp. to resume its robot business and hopes more Japanese makers will turn out commercial units to encourage investment in the industry. In a recent interview, iRobot Chief Technology Officer Paolo Pirjanian, whose ...