Their first move will be to infiltrate our homes doing seemingly helpful tasks…
So, Science Fiction aside – I would like to say that for once in a great while I am very impressed with a consumer product. I don’t know what it is about robots but it must be human nature to assume that they suck. I guess, that makes sense, really, because every [real] robot I had ever seen before could barely move around, let alone do something useful. Well, what a surprise to be proven wrong.
Liz and I registered for one of these things (Roomba Discovery) as a wedding gift – half kidding, but half curios. I had already spent a couple hours researching the idea of a robot vacuum online. I was highly surprised that nearly all reviews of the product were positive. Still, I was skeptical. I mean, it’s a robot for crying out loud!
Well, we ended up getting one. Liz and I figured – what the heck – if it sucks (or doesn’t so well) we can just take it back. It is amazing!
I know what you are thinking. “Oh, come on – how long does it take to vacuum your house?” Well, now I can mop the kitchen and vacuum the house at the same time. You wouldn’t believe it but it actually saves a lot of time. It’s a great feeling to start it up and leave the house, only to return a short while later and your floors are totally clean – and the Roomba is back charging at its station. Sure – you aren’t going to get the suction power of a Dyson – but that’s not the point. You can run the Roomba more often so your floors are cleaner more of the time. Plus – it get into crazy spots you could never get to with a normal vacuum (under the couch). Also – it’s not all that noisy. The best part – you can do SOMETHING ELSE while it vacuums (get dinner ready, set up the house for friends, go work out, or take a nap). Did I mention I’m about $250 richer owning the Roomba than a Dyson too?
All you have to do is empty it’s dust bin and clean it occasionally.
So here’s to all you Rube’s that said it was a waste: Let’s review –
- Pay twice as much
- Get it out of the closet
- Unravel the stupid cord
- Be annoyed by loud noise
- Push it back and forth around the house
- Wrap the cord back up again
- Put away
- Press Clean
- Do something else.