I used my Roomba twice. In the first two days that is.
I have used my Roomba evey other day for the last 18 months to sweep my
kitchen, back hall, bathroom and front hall.
The Roomba is really a floor sweeper, not a vacuum cleaner, and it does a
very nice job of getting the cat and dog hair swept up every other day.
I second Alan's recommendation. We have three indoor cats. If not for
Roomba, every two weeks or so I could pick up enough hair to make another
The best part is that it also picks up the cat litter they track around the
This brought an idea I had a few years ago back to mind....
BIO robots, powered by organic matter. You have this cage
on wheels that searches for cats. there is bait in the
cage. some cat food. the cats go for the food, the cage
closes, and the robot digests the cat. Now he has more energy
to go hunt for another cat.
You could throw your Roomba away and feed your hungry robot.
Jeff Shirley wrote:
First we had germanium. The problem with germanium is that it melts at
fairly low temperatures. Then came silicon. The problem with silicon is
that it produces a lot of heat.
That is why we can't make a solid state hard drive, or a chunk of memory
the size of a brick. Silicon also necessitates the use of moving parts,
such as fan motors. The fewer constantly moving parts the better, and
longer lasting the machine will be.
We need to find a replacement for silicon, which will produce less heat,
or no heat at all.
I agree that non-proprietary software should be used, because using
Windows, or Legos, or some other proprietary software is something like
being an engineer at a company, in which the company owns all of the
engineers ideas for 7 years after his departure.
I would use experimental software (probably Linux) for experimental
machines (Robots and Androids). This is because the source code is
freely available, and can be adjusted to run on your machine, and no
other, or to be universal, as the user pleases.
They've had these in Target for the past year or so. They also have a
$99 Black-Decker robotic "vac" [ie, sweeper], which the reviews didn't
paint too favorably. Article in the paper said iRobot has now sold
1,000,000 of the roombavacs. Someone locally has one, and said it's
more interesting to watch than most of the stuff that's on TV :).
Regards unix-compatibility [re Alan.K], isn't there a port on the
roombavac, and some ability to interface it?
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