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Floor Vacuum Robot for $200

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the to-lazy-to-stand dept.

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abhikhurana writes "MSNBC is running a review of Roomba, supposedly the first intelligent 'floor vac', as in a cross between vacuum cleaner and a robot. I think its especially suited for lazy bums like me. Just let it loose, sitback and enjoy. There is also a video of how it cleans the floors, which requires windows media player (what else?) to watch it. It seems that the robo cleaner can indeed do that job for which it has been designed. A related article on Techreview has slightly more details about how it works. There is also a website exclusively for Roomba."

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367 comments

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480018)

And its wide!!
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Re:FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480196)

Actually it's not.

but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480026)

What is my woman supposed to do during the day?

Re:but... (-1, Offtopic)

qurob (543434) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480063)


She can cook you dinner!

Or give head!

Stupid troll, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480225)

She better not be giving head while her man's away at work!

This gives her more time to do the laundry!

Wow (1)

molywi (136881) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480030)

I could have used one of these when I was growing up and hated vaccuming the whole house. It took like 2 hours!

Please send me of these.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480156)

Ah, but you need a beowulf cluster of them to get the job done really quickly!

Let's go back in time to the 1980's.... (5, Interesting)

qurob (543434) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480032)


Remember? Robots were going to do EVERYTHING in the 70's and 80's.

They were going to help us! Everything was robot this, robot that.

Bring us drinks, cut the lawn (solar power!), vaccuum....

I'm going to go read all my back issues of Popular Science, I'll find a robot lawn mower or two.

Forgot about robot cartoons (1, Offtopic)

qurob (543434) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480122)


What about the robot cartoons from the 80's?

Voltron
GoBots
Transformers
Robotech
Macross
Orbots

Then later you had UltraMan...

Anyone else?

Re:Let's go back in time to the 1980's.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480174)

Robots were going to do EVERYTHING in the 70's and 80's.

That's right, somewhere, somebody probably has a business plan from 1971 that says:

1. Build robots
2. ?????
3. Profit!

Re:Let's go back in time to the 1980's.... (0, Offtopic)

Red Weasel (166333) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480205)

Totally and completely Off Topic but does anyone else find it funny that the Ballmer article to the side of the main page has 666 posts

Older Stuff
Thursday October 17

Ballmer Sees Free Software as Enemy No. 1 (666)

Re:Let's go back in time to the 1980's.... (2)

silvaran (214334) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480207)

You have to wonder if, without these predictions, we would have these robots now. False hopes of the future spurred research, and may deliver, albeit a little late, the very predictions we made long ago.

Remember? The world used to be flat:

A: "I'll travel around the world!"
B: "But... you'll fall off the edge.."
A: "No, the world is round, watch, I'll prove it..."
B: "But...!" (feels tap on shoulder)
A: "See?"

First Post (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480042)

I bet that robot really "sucks"

Ahahahahaha.

Vacuum? (4, Funny)

Trusty Penfold (615679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480044)

Are they crazy?!? Everyone knows that nature abhors a vacuum. When a vacuum and normal matter meet there's an enormous explosion. Or implosion. Or something.

meoooooow! (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480048)


Fluffy? Where are you Fluffy?

too easy (2)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480050)

$200...
sucks...

ahh, nevermind

Why is it... (5, Insightful)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480051)

That my Aibo can plug itself back in, but this thing can't? Seriously, how hard would it be to remember a room, vacuum it, and return to a docking station while I'm at work? What good is this thing *unless* it does that? I want my vacuuming to be sort of like setting up a maintainance cron job to run at 3 AM.

Re:Why is it... (5, Insightful)

atathert (127489) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480119)

Well, let me see. It could be because your Aibo is approximately an order of magnitude more expensive than this. To tell the truth, I am amazed at the functionality you can get for $200 dollars. I saw one of these things at Brookstone, and it just looks like it starts with a basic spiral pattern. It was demoed in the middle of the store, so I am not sure what happens when it gets to things like chair legs and such. Probably just senses them with the bump sensors, and shoots off on another direction.

Re:Why is it... (3, Interesting)

pivo (11957) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480227)

I seem to remember a european (Brittish?) version of this type of vac that was announced a long time ago here on /., if I remember correctly, it did what you're talking about. I agree, if I have to watch it, what's the point? (Of course, I'd watch it anyway, but I want it to be able to work by itself.)

Re:Why is it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480261)

Exactly!

What I'm looking for is a robot that is about this size, but that is _always_ working (or returning to it's base to charge itself.

It would have to be fairly quiet, but wouldn't have to be too smart. It could wander at random, and the only path that it would need to remember is how to get back to the charger. (it would still need cliff detection)

The only control that it would need would be response to the command "Go away."

Runaway (5, Funny)

egg troll (515396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480052)

This is the first link in a chain of events that will eventually have Gene Simmons chasing me across a skyscraper with a swarm of robotic spiders!

Re:Runaway (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480116)

kirstie alley wants your magnum PI c0x0r

Re:Runaway (1)

Agave (2539) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480166)

better than richard simmons chasing you across the lawn followed by dogs that shoot bees out of their mouth :)

Maybe I'll get one of these things so I can... (5, Funny)

Scratch-O-Matic (245992) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480053)

sit back and chat on my video phone.

Wife (1, Flamebait)

milesbparty (527555) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480054)

If I got this, then what would I use my wife for? Oh yeah, I guess there's still cooking...

Re:Wife (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480080)

A come catcher?

Re:Wife (1)

MCMLXXVI (601095) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480177)

What about port "probing" ?
Sorry you said "wife" not girlfriend.

Re:Wife (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480208)

Error:

The Slashdot comment system has detected that your post contains a claim that you have a wife. This is impossible, as no Slashdot reader has even had a girlfriend, yet alone a wife. Therefore your comment has been automatically modded as -5 troll.

Re:Wife (2)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480263)

Apparently you are a lonely sole.

Here is proof that we get married [slashdot.org] .

Re:Wife (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480242)

What about savagely piston-fucking her, then pulling out and blasting your love caulk all over her hair and eyes?

Although I suppose you could do that with the fancy robot vacuum cleaner, too.

It's a conundrum, to be sure.

How well does it really work (1)

Torinaga-Sama (189890) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480055)

I watched the flash animation for about 5 minutes the other day, and the darn thing STILL didn't get all the little pieces of crud.

I hope the ai programmer on the robot is better than the flash animator.

Re:How well does it really work (0, Offtopic)

j0e_average (611151) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480197)

01101001 01101110 01100100 01100101 01100101 01100100

This article sucks (0, Redundant)

dkone (457398) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480067)

... I know it is a stupid post

Heh.. (5, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480068)

Hey! It's R2-D2's cousin: SUX-2BU.

Okay, dumb joke, but it beats the inevitable "That robot sucks!" jokes.

Re:Heh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480147)

Here's something that sucks: Why does that techreview.com link have an https URL?

Moz complains about my PSM being missing, and I don't have the permissions to install it on this box.

Re:Heh.. (2)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480163)

The old joke about having sex with a vacuum cleaner.

Nothing sucks like Electrolux.



Associated Press report of May 13, 1998:

Man's penis severed by vacuum cleaner

LONG BRANCH, N.J.: A 51-year-old man seeking sexual gratification with a vacuum cleaner nearly bled to death when the machine cut off a half-inch of his penis, authorities said.

The intoxicated man first told police that someone had stabbed him in the crotch as he slept, Long Branch public safety director Louis Napoletano said.

However, officers who responded to Monday's call for help instead realized the man had hoped to obtain sexual pleasure from the appliance's suction, Napoletano said.

"But what he didn't realize is that there's a blade in the vacuum cleaner right under where the hose attaches that pushes the dust into the collection bag," he said.

When the man, who was not identified by police, turned on the vacuum cleaner, the blade cut off part of his penis. The victim told detectives he did not remember the incident.

Doctors at Monmouth Medical Center were able to stop the bleeding but were unable to reattach the severed part, Napoletano said. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday.

SUCK MY FILTHY TROLL COCK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480171)

IT TASTES LIKE CHICKEN!
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Goal (4, Funny)

limekiller4 (451497) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480069)

You know the dot-bomb is rebounding when an MIT startups goal is to suck.

IMAGINE! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480073)

A Clawhammer Cluster Of These !!!

hopefully the researchers will figure out.... (5, Funny)

edrugtrader (442064) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480074)

.... why 65% of americas youth are overweight.

Re:hopefully the researchers will figure out.... (4, Funny)

egg troll (515396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480118)

.... why 65% of americas youth are overweight.


Because the research was based on a Slashdot poll! I mean have you seen Cowboy Neal?

Re:hopefully the researchers will figure out.... (1)

MCMLXXVI (601095) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480246)

WANT TO BUY ILLEGAL DRUGS ONLINE?
Maybe it has something to do with sitting at home playing a drug dealer online instead of being an old fashioned dealer that stands on the street corner and has to run from the police on occasion.

Beasties (2, Funny)

anicklin (244316) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480075)

I can't imagine how clean it will get a room when the dogs and cats are chasing after it and knocking them around. Maybe you have to up the room size in order to compensate.

Then again, a $200 interactive cat toy might be a good thing, if they never get tired of it like every other one they get. :-)

What about the corners? (3, Interesting)

beerman2k (521609) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480076)

This thing looks pretty sweet. If it actually picks up dirt and can do an entire room without recharging/emptying then i want one of these babies. The only crappy thing is that it can't get the corners, which seems to be where all the dust accumulates, at least in my appartment.

Re:What about the corners? (3, Informative)

f97tosc (578893) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480175)

The only crappy thing is that it can't get the corners, which seems to be where all the dust accumulates, at least in my appartment

I had the opportunity to listen to an explanation of a similar product made by a competitor.

As you suggest, the robot does have a hard time reaching corners. However, when compared to a human operator, it was found that most people miss large patches when they do their vacuuming. It is just hard to remember exactly what areas have been covered (that and the constant urge of doing something more interesting). All in all, it was found that the robot covered a larger fraction of the floor, even if it did not reach all the corners.

Tor

Wonder how the cats are going to react to this? (3, Funny)

Chastitina (253566) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480079)

Maybe it's dog-friendly, but at 7.5 pounds how is it going to hold up to the teething Labrador next door?

Sounds like a lot of fun for when the cats misbehave, though.

"Here kitty kitty kitty..."

Good idea, but... (2, Insightful)

mrgrey (319015) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480084)

Roomba's walk isn't guaranteed to cover an entire floor, but in practice it does a very good job.

So you only get the floor mostly clean. Seems like it could use some more work...

Re:Good idea, but... (1)

Wiseazz (267052) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480160)

To be fair, I usually only get the floor mostly clean when I manually run the vacuum. Part of it is laziness, part is... well... okay, it's all laziness.

Maybe I could use some more work. I know my wife thinks so :)

That's better than a kid (3, Interesting)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480216)

It's very difficult to get an algorithm to cover oddly defined spaces, especially when there's objects (aka furniture) in the way. Should the robot move the furniture? What if a piece of furniture has a clearance that is below the robot's ability to vacuum under?

Now that I think abou it, the robot probably only vacuums area that it can physically move over, so after a couple months, Fibonaccinumbers come into play and you'll have a dust bunny population explosion. But that's about the same amount of area any kid will vacuum, except that kids will probably skip any areas that don't look dirty (even if they really are).

F-bacher

corners (1)

trollercoaster (250101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480085)


I've heard, that while these things work well, they have problems getting into the corners. Nice use of technology, though.

Have one! Works great! (5, Informative)

rindeee (530084) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480087)

Actually my wife has one. It is worth every penny. I also have a robo-mow robotic lawnmower (made by Friendly Robotics) to take care-o-th-lawn. I think I paid about $300 for it. The vaccuuming is no biggie to me (since I usually never did it anyway), but the robomower has paid for itself many times over in the time I have saved. $500 total spent. Hundreds of hours saved already. That's pretty darn good ROI if you ask me. Of course for those who don't make a point of exercising, the robomow may be a death ticket.

Re:Have one! Works great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480254)

Have you ever got the vacuuming robot and the lawnmowing robot mixed up?

Ever wondered how your shag pile carpet turned in to a very thin carpet overnight? :-)

Geek won't be Saved Until.. wait.!.what floor!!??? (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480094)

The Geek won't be saved until it pick up laundry, recycle Dew bottles and pizza boxes.

Sometimes, I don't see my floor for weeks.

combine this with photovores and ... (2, Interesting)

Glass of Water (537481) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480100)

I had a similar idea to this (and probably millions of other people did too) but I thought it would be cool to have the thing solar powered. It would seek out a spot of sunshine and recharge for a while, then clean until it got almost dead, then seek out light again. it would not be able to sweep for long on any given charge, but you could put it in a room and let it just go on and on. maybe it could alert you if it got stuck or if it was in need of a new bag.

The Fools! (5, Funny)

foistboinder (99286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480101)

Don't they realize the danger?


According to Professor Frink:

Elementary chaos theory tells us that all robots will eventually turn against their masters and run amok, in an orgy of blood and the kicking and the biting with the metal teeth and the hurting and shoving.

Re:The Fools! (1)

sapped (208174) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480181)

Elementary chaos theory tells us that all robots will eventually turn against their masters and run amok, in an orgy of blood and the kicking and the biting with the metal teeth and the hurting and shoving.

Right, and in steps Roomba to clean up the mess! You have just created the perfect marketing strategy for these guys!

Re:The Fools! (2)

foistboinder (99286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480233)

Right, and in steps Roomba to clean up the mess! You have just created the perfect marketing strategy for these guys!

Maybe I can get a job in Microsoft's marketing department (Shudderrrr!).

Re:The Fools! (2)

Zelet (515452) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480213)

You forgot to add "froinlaven!"

Where is a slashdot editor when you need one. Taco, can you spell check "froinlaven" for me please?

Re:The Fools! (5, Funny)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480232)

Theme park owner: "Well how long do we have?"

Professor Frink: "According to my calculations, the robots will not turn on us for at least 72 hours."

[Robot sits up on the table and starts to choke a scientist.]

Professor Frink: "Oh, forgot to carry the Y."

Family Test - LEGOS! (5, Insightful)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480103)

I love how they never test these in a real American Familys house. This thing wouldnt last a day around my kids.

Legos, flash cards, marbles, mcdonalds toys, stuffed animals with fluffy parts, video games and controllers, dirty clothes.

Now give me a robot that washs and folds clothes, and picks up kids toys, and I can use a Roomba. (And no Honey, you are not a Robot.)

That's bullshit.. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480108)


$200 ?!
I paid $6,000 (US) for my RealDoll and it can't move at all, let alone vacuum the floor.

Re:That's bullshit.. (5, Funny)

egg troll (515396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480148)


$200 ?!

I paid $6,000 (US) for my RealDoll and it can't move at all, let alone vacuum the floor.


But have you tried fucking the vacuum?

Re:That's bullshit.. (1)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480165)


But have you tried fucking the vacuum?

Does the vacuum come with an assortment of different coloured wigs?

Re:That's bullshit.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480236)

Re:That's bullshit.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480260)

Re:That's bullshit.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480168)

No, but it sucks like nobody's business. Wow.

Re:That's bullshit.. (2)

EyesWideOpen (198253) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480199)

I paid $6,000 (US) for my RealDoll and it can't move at all, let alone vacuum the floor.

If you bought your RealDoll expecting it to vacuum the floor the sales rep must have been absolutely amazing!

Pre-Vacuum Pick-up (4, Insightful)

CutterDeke (531335) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480109)

I've got kids. Will Roomba do the pre-vacuum pick-up of all the Legos, money, etc.?

My wife does a lot of sewing. How well can Roomba handle lots of thread on the floor? How about pins?

The problem isn't the vacuuming. It's the picking up that you have to do before you can vacuum.

Step one (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480113)

But first something has to clean up all the socks, underwear, pizza boxes, AOL disks, rejection notices, bannana peels, etc. that are all over the floor. This is the hard part.

Re:Step one (2)

GypC (7592) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480250)

Yes, we need a robot to handle that part of the job as well. I propose; the Slob-O-Matic 3000!

I wonder .... (2, Interesting)

Tensor (102132) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480124)

How noisy it is ... all the article says is at a pretty low noise level.

Pretty low noise for what ? a vaccum cleaner ? cos even a low noise one is noisy as hell.

This looks like a ripoff of Husqvarna's automatic lawnmower. Only they have a 100% unattended one, as one model is solar powered !! http://www.automower.com/

Re: Really a Electrolux ripoff (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480201)

Ehh... Is U.S. of A. really trailing behind?

Vacuum-cleaner stores are selling much prettier versions of these puppies in Europe right now -- this version even has a LCD:

http://www.trilobite.electrolux.se/

Really begging for a slew of Beowulf Cluster jokes?

AK

Robot mowers can be found here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480133)

http://international.husqvarna.com/Folder_263/node 703.asp

One is solar powered

Don't vacuum that assignment! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480139)

I'm not sure about other geeks but personally I use my floor as "storage space". I have very few holes where I can still see the floor that I use to move around (a bit like jumping from stone to stone to cross a river).

Lazy (2)

EyesWideOpen (198253) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480140)

OK, so we were already moving to a point where we wouldn't have to leave the house to do most daily tasks. That was bad enough. But with inventions like this we won't have to walk around the house either.

As soon as version .1 comes out (2)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480143)

that recharges itself, and dumps its own lint pan, ill probably get one. 150 bucks to never vaccum again?!? Ill go for it.
Now, when it can sort my laundry on my floor by sniff check, ill buy 2 of em.

I read a review of the roomba (5, Informative)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480153)

in a local paper [newsday.com] . It said that the Roomba couldn't completely replace your standard vacumm. It doesn't do stairs, and it has no attachments for things like furniture upholstery, etc. The article basically said it was good if you lived in a small place such as an apartment or didn't have kids, but if you need to do heavy duty cleaning, the 'bot wasn't gonna repalce your standard vac.

heh (1, Funny)

papasui (567265) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480155)

Johnny 5 IS ALIVE!

Nit-pick (3, Funny)

Overt Coward (19347) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480178)

from the to-lazy-to-stand dept.

And, apparently, from the too-lazy-to-spell department, too...

Pervert! (3, Funny)

slagdogg (549983) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480183)

I also took Roomba home with me to see how it would do in a somewhat more sedate setting. Once again, Roomba did its thing with a minimum of noise or fuss.

Hmmm ... I don't see any mention of what exactly "its thing" was ... ewww.

https? (2)

TheTomcat (53158) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480188)

Is it really necessary for us to slashdot their SSL server? I mean, if we're going to trash it, can't we at least do the lesser of the two and go with good ol' HTTP? (-:

(not to mention the mismatched host and cert)

S

Floor VAX? (5, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480191)

Is it running on DEC hardware?

It's too slow (4, Insightful)

Proc6 (518858) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480193)

The CEO interviewed says a 10x12 room takes 1/2 an hour to vaccuum. I can vaccuum my entire 1000 square foot apartment in about 3 minutes. It's just not that difficult. Id rather do it myself and be done in less than 5 minutes, than hear that thing's motor whirring and whining for 3 hours while it cleans every room in my house.

Real man's challenge (5, Funny)

shrikel (535309) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480195)

I can see it now:

Geeks now have a vacuum cleaner web server!

First one to run apache/linux on it wins.

Re:Real man's challenge (1)

forsetti (158019) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480251)

My money is on NetBSD .... but then again, I'm still waiting to run NetBSD on my toaster....

Another new robot... (1)

name_already_in_use (604991) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480198)

There is also a new house robot just released in Japan for around the same sort of price. Whilst it doesn't vacuum the floor it does walk around, leave messages for other house guests, bring you things and show your e-mail on TV whenever you tell it to.
I forget the name but it was on Tech TV I think, and was a cute little thing.

come on now (2, Funny)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480211)

My rugs are vacuumed everyday before I get home...That is why one gets married isn't it?

more realistic reviews at epinions (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480214)

http://www.epinions.com/Roomba_Intelligent_Sweeper _Vac_Vacuum_Cleaners/display_~reviews

Not for me... (1)

blanktek (177640) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480215)

My vacuum has HEPA filtration, bagless storage, and can suck a tennis ball through a garden hose which gives it the ability to really get dirt out of my carpet. I can FEEL a difference from old vacuums because less dust equals less sneezing.

I doubt these manufacturers accounted for this type of quality when designing this gadget. Maybe scooting around the carpet pushes the dirt around a bit but I'll bet you if I bought this flimsy frisbee looking toy I would take it back the next day.

Not the first, and not the coolest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480217)

Electrolux has one, named the Trilobite.
It is more advanced, can do stuff like plugging in automatically and resuming where it left off - plus it looks really cool!
Only drawback is the price, 1500 euros, around 1500 US $, I think.

More at Electrolux [electrolux.se]

So exactly how... (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480219)

Do I install these on the Clawhammer motherboard?

Hidden commands? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4480229)

Does it have hidden commands like the R2D2 robot? Maybe it actually has washing-up and ironing capabilities in it's firmware, but they are disabled because they are only in Beta stages.

Maybe if you burn a new EPROM on a Linux machine, and plug it in, maybe it'll wash up as well. Who knows!?

Re:Hidden commands? (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480258)

"Help me Obi-Wan, you're my only hope!"

"Play that again!"

"Woop-Weep, Pooooo..."

The First? (2, Interesting)

frause (234486) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480238)

What about Electrolux Trilobite?
Electrolux claims they were first! Trilobite Pressrelease [electrolux.se]

I have 2 100lb dogs (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480248)

They would kick this things ass. I think a robo-mower would have a chance of winning though.

I wonder what would happen if... (1)

suman28 (558822) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480252)

I certainly hope the AI programmers on that robo-vacumn cleaner did a good job. I sure would like to see what it would do if I left the basement door open and turned it on. Ohhhh. Watch out for the first step. It's a loo loo!

Asimov would have loved the company name... (2, Funny)

douglips (513461) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480259)

iRobot [irobot.com] .

My dogs will destroy it... (2)

Gruneun (261463) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480265)

Though, I'm not sure if it will be with their teeth or the sheer amount of dog hair. I vaccuum once a week and empty my upright three times, once for each floor. I don't see how that tiny thing could possibly hold up against any single room in my house.

I'm just waiting.... (2, Funny)

SensitiveMale (155605) | more than 11 years ago | (#4480266)

for someone to say that this is too expensive and that he built the EXACT same thing with a 486/25, and ATi AIW video card, wireless networking, and an old 15" monitor he had in the garage.


And just a little script in Perl.

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