December 26th, 2012 categories: Technology
There are gifts for people, gifts for pets – why not gifts for your home?
We had a chance yesterday to see the Roomba in action – the robot that vacuums and sweeps your floors. The Roomba is about 13″ in diameter and 3½” high and runs around by itself without a cord. It goes around obstacles and can go underneath chairs and couches; it doesn’t get tangled up in cords it crosses and it stops itself from going down stairs. All of us were fascinated by the robot and watched it make its rounds. At first we lifted our feet so it could go under them, but after a while we just let it bump into us and turn itself around.
It vacuums hair, pet fur and lint; it automatically adjusts from carpet to tile to wood to laminate. It uses a sensor to detect dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning those. Then it returns to its dock to recharge between uses.
The Roomba isn’t new; it’s been around for a few years. This was the first time I saw one in action. There are several models, depending on how many bells and whistles you want – they run from about $300 to about $700 and are available here in St Petersburg as well as online.