It seems a lot of people have been getting Roombas now. For the technologically-uninformed, Roombas are those weirdo-looking, round-shaped vacuum robots. I have seen them priced as high as $600! Let me repeat that; I HAVE SEEN PRICES AS HIGH AS $600!!!!! I cannot imagine buying a vacuum cleaner for that price! And ya gotta wonder, are they really and truly efficient?! I’ve heard mixed reviews.
I came across a geek website where some guy tinkered (hacked, actually) the Roomba to do this and that. He said that the company encourages the hacking and even provides some tools (although basc industrial products will probably do the job, too), but hacking the robot voids the warranty. Anyway, he took a long-exposure shot of how the Roomba performed after half an hour. The photo is cool, like a flight map, but it took 30 MINUTES for the Roomba to vacuum this?!
And then I found another review. I don’t know how much he paid for his Roomba, but it looks like it was probably too much! Here’s his review, in a nutshell:
LOL! [Well, watching TV is not exactly a more efficient life, either!]
So while it would be nice to ditch the manual uprights that seem to break every year and get a robot to do the work… I do STILL have four slaves teenagers at home. That’s good enough for me, for now. Heh heh.
Do you have a Roomba? Did you pay an arm and a leg for it, and does the Roomba do the job?