January 28, 2005
What is a Roomba?
No, it is not a dance. It is the most amazing device ever. A roomba is a robot. It is a robot that no household can do without.
Kevin and I acquired 2 roombas as sort of Christmas presents for our house. I hate house work and we needed a solution that did not involve any one of us actually doing the house work. That is where the roomba comes in. The roomba is a robotic vacuum cleaner. Just set it before going to work and it vacuums your house.
The newest generation roomba can sense when its battery is low and it will drive itself back to its docking station where it will recharge itself. They also come with a remote control, and virtual walls. Virtual walls can be set up to stop the roomba from entering an area.
Do you have stairs? Don't worry the Roomba can sense stairs and steer clear of them.
While these robots are amazing innovations there are some limitations. Sometimes the roombas get stuck. They can get stuck on cords or string. So you do have to pick stuff up. Sometimes models will develop an annoying high pitched squeak. When that happens send em back!
Roomba's are manufactured by a company called IRobot. Bed Bath and Beyond stock Roomba's. They are quite easy to get. Check out their website here.
Now I need a robot which will do the dusting, clean the kitchen, wash the windows... I love living in the 21st Century!