Check this out. This is one of the most awesomest toys I’ve ever had. I ordered it off Ebay so I was really hoping it actually worked (ha) but I paid less than half of what I would have paid for it new. So this morning (yeah, I couldn’t wait) I moved the coffee table and any major obstacles and closed in the whole living room with boxes and whatnot (it has two virtual walls you can set up, but I don’t have batteries yet) and LET IT GO!!!
You can see Persephone is kind of interested in watching, but not interested in letting it get too close to her. Ha.
The basic concept is, it has a Home Base that is plugged into the wall. When it is stationed at home base, it charges. You can choose from a couple different cleaning modes, so far I’ve only used ‘Clean’ (sounds like a good idea. Clean is good). So once you press the button it undocks itself and starts going around the room like what you saw in the above video. It continues until one of three things happens:
- Mission is accomplished
- Mission is aborted
- Battery dies
Can you imagine getting a “Mission aborted” message? How depressing to have a floor so dirty the vacuum cleaner even refuses to clean it. Fortunately I didn’t get that message 🙂
Once it’s done cleaning and the mission has been completed, it returns to home base and docks itself so it can charge. Amazing.
So I let it run this morning, and aside from taking the video and watching it for a couple of minutes because it is just THAT cool, I did normal morning stuff. Essentially, in addition for getting ready for work, I vacuumed the living room floor. How’s that for multitasking??
My plan is to use it every few days, cover different rooms, etc. If nothing else, it would make me feel better about cat hair. You can’t always see it on beige carpet, but with the plethora of cats residing at any given time in our one-and-a-half-bedroom apartment (currently four adults and three kittens – don’t tell my landlord, more on them tomorrow hopefully), you know it’s there… and now Roomba is here to save the day!!
Welcome, Roomba. I hope we have a long and happy relationship.
[In case you’re skeptical, see this link for proof that Roomba does hit every spot in the room]