How sad is it that a geek girl like me is just now getting round to buying a robot, now that they have become such commodities that you can buy them in a discount store?
Anyway, I bought a Roomba vacuumbot at Costco last week. So far, I’ve tested its capabilities in three environments: fully carpeted, hardwood and area rug combo, and the dreaded linoleum-and-area-rug, dust-bunny sanctuary that is the man-cave in the basement. The little guy works like a champ in all three, but the man-cave nearly got the best of him. I turned him loose twice down there. The first time, he gave up and beeped pitifully at me to empty his dust bin. The second time, he drained his batteries in the battle against the evil dust bunnies. Poor little robot!
The Trouble Twins are intrigued, but cautious. When the robot moves away from them, they stalk it. When the robot advances toward them, they jump back. You should see what they do when the robot executes the following manuever: advance, recede, stop and spin, then advance. It’s a riot.
I like my vacuumbot. Someday, I will possess the true Universal Remote and have a fleet of service droids to do my bidding….