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Roomba Competitor Slightly Lacking

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the get-what-you-pay-for dept.

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tivojafa writes "Following hot on the heels of the Roomba vacuum cleaner, TV Products (USA) Inc have released the "RoboSweep" - "The intelligent sweeper that sweeps while you rest!". Roomba by iRobot is an engineering masterpiece with 15 sensors and 5 motors to navigate and clean the floors. It has been stripped apart and there are rumors of a replacement processor so it can be used as a general purpose robot platform. Now the RoboSweep "intelligent" sweeper has redefined intelligence (or lack of it) - the internals have got to be seen to be believed." Very funny.

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266 comments

Please stop building robots! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671516)

First they're cleaning carpets of dirt, next they'll be cleaning Earth of humans!

Re:Please stop building robots! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671646)

I, for one, welcome our new vacuum cleaner overlords.

Re:Please stop building robots! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671782)

ObReply:

I'd like to remind them that as a trusted Slashdot personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground robotic maintenance centers.

Re:Please stop building robots! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671690)

I agree, this is the type of thing that always ends in tears.

We put the OOMBAH in the ROOMBAH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671523)

Thr9d opst!1

Not frosty, but lukewarm.

Zero comments... (-1, Offtopic)

BHearsum (325814) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671525)

...and I already can't get to the page.

Re:Zero comments... (3, Interesting)

beerman2k (521609) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671564)

Well if you can't read the article, it basically says this robosweep thing is a piece of crap. It contains no electronics other then its motor (which apparently has barely enough power to drive the thing) and it works by mechanically shifting gears when it hits a wall so that it can turn. This in an of itself is not so terrible, but according the article the "robot" also doesn't have enough ground clearence for dirt to pass underneath so instead of actually picking up dirt it just pushes it around.

Btw, if you take a look at the link to the ad you'll see some kind of dislcaimer at the bottom explaining how the Roomba is a registered trademark of iRobot and that the RoboSweep thing is not made or endorsed by iRobot. I though this was interesting since no where on thir page do they mention the Roomba except for in this disclaimer. I guess their product is so terrible they afraid of being accused of trying to make iRobot look bad.

High Tech Design (4, Funny)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671530)

"After another minute I was so bored that I picked it up to see what it had done... the wipe was completely clean but it was starting to push dirt in front of it. The ground clearance is so low that the dirt can't go under it to reach the wipe!"

Now that's what I call quality engineering. And I love the analog 'processor'!

seems like an easy project (5, Funny)

onya (125844) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671535)

One motor.
One battery tray.
One switch.
One power socket.
One LED.
A few wires.

soo... who's going to be the first to get linux running on it?

Re:seems like an easy project (5, Interesting)

EinarH (583836) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671734)

soo... who's going to be the first to get linux running on it?
For all that we know it could allready be running Linux.

iRobot also makes the PackBot [packbot.com] , a unmanned robust robot for reconnaissance operations in urban terrain.
The robot is developed for the US Military, its DARPA founded, and it runs Linux.

More info here [packbot.com]

Through the Tactical Mobile Robotics Program (TMR), the PackBot mobile robot got a new rugged hardware housing that supported significantly more substantial electronics. In fact, the new processor and motherboard booted a Linux kernel in under 12 seconds - just turn on and go! With such substantial computing on-board, the first robot operating system AWARE(TM) was born.

Personally I find this far more interesting than this "sweeper".

Re:seems like an easy project (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671783)

The parent poster was talking about the knockoff RoboSweep toy, not the Roomba.

Re:seems like an easy project (1)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671804)

itll be a while yet, but there is already BSD port... ...which just goes to further my theory - Germans love David Hassle - wait wait, i mean BSD runs on everything!

Re:seems like an easy project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671841)

mv /dirt /bin?
s/dirty/clean/

Any more stupid "If it ran Linux" jokes?

You brought it on yourself (4, Insightful)

tangledweb (134818) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671540)

Here is an idea for an ask slashdot thread:

"Have you ever bought anything off an infomercial and been happy with it?"

I cannot see why you would sell anything that way if it would sell in normal outlets.

As Seen On TV (3, Funny)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671671)

I dunno if it's a chain or my local mall is just 'lucky', but we have a store called "As Seen On TV" full of all the crap that by all rights shouldn't sell to anyone with sufficient IQ to navigate from their couch to the mall.

Re:As Seen On TV (2, Informative)

Lord Dimwit Flathead (668521) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671825)

It's a chain. There's also a website [asseenontv.com] , but it's unclear whether they're the same company. And yes, they carry the RoboSweep [asseenontv.com] .

Re:You brought it on yourself (5, Funny)

Synithium (515777) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671713)

George Forman grill. Bought it off TV way before it was in the stores. And you know what? It still kicks ass like a prize fighter.

Thank you George!

Re:You brought it on yourself (1)

Ark42 (522144) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671744)

I was about to agree that all the TV crap sucks but I have a George Forman grill as well, and while I got mine at Meijer, it did start as an informercial didn't it. Obviously became successful enough to be carried in real stores though.

Re:You brought it on yourself (3, Insightful)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671853)

Just got mine about 2 weeks ago at local K-Mart. Kicks MUCH ass. Saves energy. Cooks quick. This thing has got fast food beat big time.

Re:You brought it on yourself (2, Insightful)

shaitand (626655) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671733)

Because it's hard to get into normal stores, anyone with a few bucks can get long national infomercial advertising.

Yes (1)

fmaxwell (249001) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671800)

Years ago I purchased a kitchen gadget that slices and dices vegetables. It's especially good for onions and ten years later, I still use it when I have to dice four large onions for a batch of jambalaya. It cuts the time by a factor of at least four and results in no onion tears. It's cheap, shoddy, but still works fine probably ten years later.

So, yes, I have purchased something from an infomercial and been happy with it. I've never purchased anything else though and may never because the vast majority of it is complete, unadulterated junk. The thing you have to ask yourself: If the item I am seeing was made with the cheapest, shoddiest materials and labor available, would it be useful? If the answer is "yes", then you may have a winner.

Re:You brought it on yourself (1)

sremick (91371) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671858)

Actually, I got one of those black thawing plates that used to be advertised on infomercials. I picked it up at Ames which used to have a bunch of shelves for older "As Seen on TV" items.

Believe it or not, it actually works great. I think it's the black coating or something... helps the heat-transfer. Whatever. It works, and I still use it. Worth the $9 or whatever I spent on it.

Simple (2, Funny)

2starr (202647) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671543)

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. Probably not in this case though. :-P

Re:Simple (1)

kfx (603703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671624)

The simplest solution is the best. Unfortunately, The RoboSweep is all simple and no solution.

new /. ing record - site is down (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671544)

anyone get a mirror yet? images? it down

been done... (4, Interesting)

jayratch (568850) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671545)

I had a toy like this when I was a kid. I think we bought it at a flea market for like $15... although it didn't pretend to clean floors, it had a much cooler action robot head that moved its arms!

Intelligant? (0, Redundant)

dropoffx (648031) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671546)

This robo sweeper is about as intelligant as a can opener.

Don't insult can openers like that... (3, Funny)

i8a4re (594587) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671638)

at least they do what they are designed to do!

Nothing New Here (2, Funny)

Synesthesiatic (679680) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671548)

I seem to remember having a toy car as a kid that worked much the same way.

There are, however, a few key differences:

RoboSweep is
- more expensive
- slower
- less fun

And with almost no innards, it's not even fun to bash to pieces, Office Space style!

Be very careful when you see that "As Seen On TV!" logo.

When I was a kid... (2, Informative)

djkitsch (576853) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671549)

About 15 years ago you could get "robots" that were EXACTLY the same as this - all they've done is stuck a few bits of Velcro on the bottom! Great injection moulded case too - very faux-sophisticated.

I think my childhood toy cost about $10...

you can still buy these toys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671785)

the "differential" "gear action" people are talking about is just plain old "Bump'n Go" action.

This is really nothing more than a "Bump n' Go" toy with a wiper on the bottom.

It really should retail for around $5.00

There is NO "vacuum" action, that's why it's only called a Robo"SWEEPER"

Move along now, this is not the Robovac you are looking for.....

Argh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671550)

Slashdotted already. Anyone wants to get a mirror up?

/.ed to death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671551)

be kind on the robots, one day they will be your master.

Mirror (4, Informative)

jonman_d (465049) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671556)

The site was incredibly slow with no comments, so I figured I'd mirror it for a day here [nemilar.net] .

Please be nice to it :P

Re:Mirror (3, Informative)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671599)

Well, if yours goes down, I just copied it to a Tripod mirror [tripod.com] . I won't take it down until who knows when... hopefully, it won't make anyone mad. Cheers!

Re:Mirror (4, Informative)

cethiesus (164785) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671606)

A second [crcole.com] .

Be nice as well.

Sad attempt (3, Interesting)

rzbx (236929) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671557)

That has to be the saddest attempt at making a competing product. It uses nothing besides some gears to move around obstacles (no circuitry), uses wipes to clean floor (which don't work well according to website author, says it barely picks up dirt and it only does on the front of wipe), moves slowly, and obviously can't clean anything besides smooth surfaces. Is there a lamest products ever list? This really deserves it.

had one as a kid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671559)

I remember when I was a kid I had a number of battery powered cars which worked on a similar system, so that when they crashed into the kitchen cabinets (they wouldnt run on carpet only hard floors) they would change direction. I bet my dad still has them in his loft.... ahh memories.

Slashdot hosting (-1, Offtopic)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671561)

I know this is off topic. But seriously, can Slashdot at least cache the webpages on it's own site? Or does /. not want to be slashdoted?

Re:Slashdot hosting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671705)

RTFFAQ. [slashdot.org]

Flexible Frank (1)

Etherwalk (681268) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671562)

It looks like Heinlein's dream [amazon.com] came true. Finally, a robot to clean the floors for you. And we didn't even have to time travel.

Remember to put the junk mail in front of the robot chute so that you get the babel fish, though.

Re:Flexible Frank (1)

LoadStar (532607) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671842)

Remember to put the junk mail in front of the robot chute so that you get the babel fish, though.

The mail has to sit on the satchel in front of the robot chute, you have to cover up the drain, and you have to hang the dressing gown from the hook on the wall.

I am SUCH a geek that I remember that.

I don't get it. (-1, Flamebait)

The Old Burke (679901) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671569)

Okay, this is cool and we are all nerds that don't whant to clean up in our houses.
But how well does this thing *really* work?
Does it catch the larger "dots" of dust? Probably not.
And how well does it work on carpets?
And what about the stairs down to the basement?
And why would anyone want this item when they instead can pay some illegal mexican immigrants to do the job at $1 an hour anyway? Supporting them is for me far more important than buying some tech-stuff just because its "cool".

Re:I don't get it. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671605)

Are you stupid? RTFA. It explains everything.

Moron.

Re:I don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671659)

Score -1 : fucktard 100%

Re:I don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671715)

die now

dotted already :( (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671570)

looks like their webserver runs on a Roomba too

man that thing is too funny... (3, Funny)

kendoka (473386) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671583)

I wonder if the guy who designed that was a shyster or just an old-timer engineer who actually throught he could replace the ai with a differential...

Re:man that thing is too funny... (1)

kfx (603703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671673)

He probably just figured that if it worked for most slashdotters, it could work for a sweeper... I guess he was wrong though.

excellent marketing. (4, Funny)

edrugtrader (442064) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671585)

"RoboSweep uses artificial intelligence to sweep your entire floor."

yes. yes it does.

Re:excellent marketing. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671651)

...if "Artificial Intelligence" means a total lack of anything remotely resembling real intelligence...

I got one of these (4, Funny)

ocie (6659) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671587)

I overclocked it and now it can clean my whole apartment in under 15 seconds. Of course I have to liquid cool it to keep the motors from melting.

Re:I got one of these (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671634)

Did your mom get that low Slashdot ID at your baby shower?

MOD PARENT UP!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671654)

ROTFL, Hilarious.

Missing processor upgrade link (1)

tivojafa (564606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671588)

http://www.roombacommunity.com/forum/viewtopic.php ?t=24

Re:Missing processor upgrade link (1)

tivojafa (564606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671622)

Third time lucky... link [roombacommunity.com]

The intelligent Robosweep? (2, Insightful)

twoallbeefpatties (615632) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671595)

Has anyone ever actually expected quality out of a product that has a "As Seen On TV!" sticker on it?

Re:The intelligent Robosweep? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671610)

hey, those george foreman grills kick ass!

Re:The intelligent Robosweep? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671780)

I agree, it's an excellent grill. But it's one of the few good products I've seen on TV in a very long time. It's the exception to the rule.

Re:The intelligent Robosweep? (3, Funny)

caferace (442) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671618)

You obviously never purchased a Vanna White blow up doll, my friend.

Roomba -community-? (4, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671609)

Wait a sec...roomba "community"?

I thought the idea was to give you more free time to do fun things. It's pretty sad these people are using that time to sit around in front of the computer and participate in some...pointless...foru...

[marblehead moment]

Ahhhh nuts.

PS:Obligatory slashdotting joke! That community site clogged up faster than a roomba in the wrong part of Dustbunnyville.

Old marketing trick - Ron Popeil is 0wnz5or (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671625)

The dislcaimer at the bottom says the Roomba is a registered trademark of iRobot and the RoboSweep is not made or endorsed by iRobot. There is no mention of the Roomba except here.

A perfect way to draw comparisons to a competitors obviously? better product while making no false claims or real comparisons - though the artificial intellegence is stretching it a bit. I would have called it 'artifical artifical intellegence'.

When is someone going to make a lego version of the Roomba, and open source the plans? ;)

We have a Roomba, and it's very dumb (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671630)

The Roomba isn't very good. We have one in the Team Overbot shop, and it's cute, but not very useful. It gets trapped in chair legs, it jams badly if it encounters a cable, and it doesn't clean very well. Even as insect-level intelligence, it's disappointing. It needs at least enough smarts to get itself out of the situations it gets into. As it is, it takes more time dealing with its problems than it takes to vacuum the space with a conventional vacuum.

Re:We have a Roomba, and it's very dumb (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671805)

Exactly.

Both products do a bad job of sweeping floors. In that case, the product that does the same job using fewer resources is actually the better bit of engineering. Having lots of sensors and motors and processing power and still failing to do the job is even more lame than building a crappy plastic gear.

stair test (3, Funny)

gradedcheese (173758) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671633)

so I assume the robosweep, if it got to some stairs, would fall down them unlike the roomba which will stop and turn around. That would be pretty funny t watch and seeing how it's built it would probably break apart then too.

Has the world gone deaf? (2, Funny)

Lasuuco Tulkas (598141) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671639)

"Automatically cleans your floors while you enjoy life"

This thing would probably make life unbearable with the noise of the vacuum sucking up the dirt on the ground.

Why do I get the idea that I would end up just watching this thing clean my floor instead of enjoying my life. It would seem to me that getting off my lazy bottom and cleaning the floor myself would be a better way to appreciate the fact that I can move around than whatever it is these people think I should be doing.

Also, if this thing takes away all the crumbs and skin that accumulate on the floor - which in turn provide nourishment for a multitude of life - wouldn't this machine be destroying the very life you are trying to enjoy? ;)

Ummm... it dosen't vacuum? (1)

gotr00t (563828) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671834)

You really should read the article (yeah, its been /.ed beyond belief) but, this deivce is nothing more than a wipe attached to a motor, nothing else. It does no vaccuming at all, and just goes around pushing dirt around it because the clearence is so low that no dirt actually gets to the wipe anyway. So, essentially its nothing more than a motor.

Maybe they'll recall these things because they "forgot" to put in its "intelligence."

Honeymoon Gloom (not a troll) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671653)

Who wants to fuck the Honeymoon Gloom,
the Honeymoon Gloom
the Honeymoon Gloom
Who wants to fuck the Honeymoon Gloom,
and stick your tongue in his bowels

Please support fine poetry everywhere by modding this post up

Give 'em a b reak (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671663)

The thing is only 40 bucks for god's sake!

Got something better/cheaper for lazy people?

Re:Give 'em a b reak (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671832)

yeah nothing. The thing doesn't work, no matter how lazy you are, doesn't work means your out $40 and STILL have to vacuum yourself!

TRINITY DIES AT THE END OF MATRIX 3 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671668)

see subject

Damnation Alley Post Apocalyptic Model (2, Interesting)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671669)

This [robotprojects.com] will beat the FloorSweeper like a red-headed stepchild. Shizzle me Timbers!.

Circular shape of roomba sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671685)

How can it vacuum corners and edges? Those will end up having to be done manually. Especially corners.

This product doesn't suck. (4, Funny)

merchant_x (165931) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671687)

eh..eh?

Precious Roy? (3, Funny)

Wrexen (151642) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671692)

Anyone else reminded of the Precious Roy sketches from "Sifl and Olly" ?

Precious Roy, Precious Roy
Making lots of suckers out of girls and boys!

Suckers!

Scams (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671696)

Sometimes i wonder if not taking part in mass consumer scams makes me a good person or just really really stupid - i should be making inferior products damnit!!

btw that was the slashdotting record, i tried it at 3 comments and it was already down! thanks all the people that mirrored it:)

Can we say STEAMPUNK?!? (0, Offtopic)

strredwolf (532) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671699)

Can we? Huh?

But I wonder.... (4, Funny)

Kickstart70 (531316) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671707)

Are the makers of RoboCrap/Sweep going to sue under the DCMA, claiming that this dude reverse engineered the robot?

Re:But I wonder.... (0, Offtopic)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671765)

Shh! Don't give them any dangerous ideas!

Step 1: create a lame knockoff product
Step 2: Slashdotter "reverse engineers" it
Step 3: Sue aforementioned Slashdotter under the DMCA
(Step 3 is ??? if he's outside of the USA)
Step 4: Profit!

Case modding, anyone? (5, Funny)

ps_inkling (525251) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671708)

With so much empty space, this device is crying out for accessories. Add a squirt bottle and aquarium pump, and it's an automatic wet floor cleaner (like the Swiffer family). Since it only works on flat surfaces, this could make it useful.

Replacing the NiCad batteries with LiIon would up the run time significantly.

Turning your kitchen floor into a maze of diverters so that it cleans the entire floor (instead of just the edges) would be a worthy weekend project.

A simple IR emitter-detector could cut power to the motor when something is in front of it.

Or, you could put an old i386 motherboard and wireless ethernet inside, and have a firewall and clean floors at the same time.

You could slam it, and have a low-rider cleaner. Wait, they already did that.

Rodney Brooks (2, Interesting)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671746)

I was at a lecture Rodney Brooks gave when he was in Amsterdam almost a year ago. He explained what kind of research he did, and how he incorporated it in his Roomba product.

Obviously, this RoboSweep thing is a complete fake. It looks like it's advertised on those stupid home shopping programmes (see the official website, the "As Seen On TV" blurb on the packaging, etc).

This leads me to reinforce my suspicion that all products promoted at home shopping programmes are fake and ineffective.

I don't doubt most Slashdotters are like-minded in this respect, but those who know people who order that crap, might want to tell them about the fake cleaning machine, and how that is probably only the tip of the iceberg (crap-berg?).

It actually reminds me of a toy car I used to play with in my youth, that had exactly such a rotating thing with small wheels on it, so the battery-powered car seemed to move in a semi-random fashion. I didn't find that very intruiging even at the age of five.

If you really want to get a cleaning robot, get a Roomba.

With a bit of luck, they'll sell just eight of those RoboSweeps -- to Dr. Zoidberg! ;-)

Re:Rodney Brooks (1)

phpsocialclub (575460) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671795)

I would never buy anything of Shop At Home or HSN but I did see them selling a Roomba, the original robot vaccum that people seem to like, the other day.

Infomercials are a different story, that stuff is almost always crap.

The shopping networks tend to actually sell real brands, Dell, sony, etc.

robowars (1)

simonjester2424 (597199) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671751)

We need to have all the unhappy customers send in their "robots" to one of the fighting robot shows and they could compete over who can kill the most of these things in under 5 minites.

Translation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671754)

It both sucks and blows.

Where's the tea? (2, Funny)

Bullfrog (19683) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671762)

All you have to do is program it to say "What?", "I don't understand," and "Where's the tea?" and who'd know the difference?

or you could spend $3k (AUD) and get... (1)

kgbspy (696931) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671763)

http://trilobite.electrolux.com/ now -that- looks like something you could install linux on!

Has anyone actually used a roomba? (5, Funny)

Guano_Jim (157555) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671767)

Just curious... I'd like to hear opinions from people who aren't on Roomba's website.

Before I buy one, I want to know if it will keep up with my two-year old. I envision some kind of evolutionary arms race between my daughter and the Roomba, where the Roomba gets smarter and bigger and my daughter finds new and messier ways to screw up the living room carpet.

Eventually the Roomba will evolve into SkyNet and a former California governor will travel back in time to shoot me.

Re:Has anyone actually used a roomba? (1)

Tyrdium (670229) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671833)

Thus, you won't be able to have a daughter. Clean floors! :P

I will now combine two story topics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671772)

What's the point of this overpriced monstrosity when I can just a hire a cheap illegal mexican immigrant to vacuum my carpets for $3 an hour and if he gets hurt I can just call the cops and have him deported, no messy lawsuits...

Ya right, why pay for an overpriced robot when human labor is so damn cheap! Yay capitalism!

Tomy Robots (1)

maddskillz (207500) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671779)

This totally reminds me of the Tomy Robot Dustbot [ihug.co.nz] that I had when I was a kid. And to think, that technology existed in the 80's

Yes, but does it have FireWire? (4, Funny)

JohnA (131062) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671786)

From the offical Roomba FAQ:

Can Roomba's music/ sound be changed or disabled?

Unfortunately, Roomba's music/ sound cannot be modified or disconnected.


Um... does anyone else feel a bit confused, dare I say scared, by a music-playing vacuum cleaner?

Dunno... maybe it's just me.

And In Other News... (2, Funny)

Synesthesiatic (679680) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671788)

Shares in As Seen On TV fell $12.37 to $1.12 as investors reacted to a poll showing that every American over the age of 18 has been screwed over at least once by idiotic late-night TV pitches, according to an Ipsos-Reid survey.

Including the investors.

Only 10% of the populace is reported to be stupid enough to purchase off of TV again. Strangely, most of the 10% is made up of Americans with double barreled names, such as Peggy-Anne, Donny-Joe or Birdman-Sue.

Cledus the Slack-Jawed Yokel was not available for comment.

your kidding??? (1)

MeThOdXxX (687526) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671801)

This is unbelievable, you mean to tell me that there are people out there that would pay hundreds of dollars for a vacuum cleaner that vacuums by itself? Once again another way to prove how lazy some people can be.
I seem to remember a /. article a few weeks ago about a voice activated televison set.....Now all we need is this vacuum, a shitter built into the recliner, and a voice activated stove on wheels and we'll never have to get up.

What is the world coming too.............

Roomba's performance (1)

Boawk (525582) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671811)

After seeing the pictures of RoboSweep, I was curious how well Roomba (the original product) performed. Here's a review [pcmag.com]

FREE BATTERIES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6671814)

It says it comes with "FREE BATTERIES"!!!

forget paying $39.95, I just want the Free Batteries!

if you go here [youcansave.com] you can click on the link on the bottom and talk to someone on the phone.

we should all contact customer service and ask for our FREE BATTERIES!

Good vs. Evil, Analog vs. Digital? :) (1)

saikou (211301) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671820)

"-- You see! They managed to build a sweeping robot with pure analog parts! Motor and switches!
We, on the other hand, found an engenious way to emulate those functions with sophisticated CPU, that costs more than TWO of those pesky sweepers!"

Hm...

lessons learnt (4, Funny)

holloway (46404) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671831)

robots.txt keeps the spiders away

I saw this for myself (1)

Professr3 (670356) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671871)

A couple of meetings ago, the Atlanta Hobby Robot Club had the opportunity to admire the intricate inner workings of this vacuum cleaner. We decided the company that sells it needs some advice - drop the price to $9.99 and pray very, very hard.

I'll keep my robovacuum (1)

cvk (696855) | more than 10 years ago | (#6671885)

I have an automatic kitchen floor cleaner than never misses even the tiniest crumb! ...AND it plays fetch!
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