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Slideshow: Robots Turn Housekeepers

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BrainiacV
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Roombas
BrainiacV   11/5/2013 8:58:16 AM
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The spousal-unit and I really enjoyed our Roombas.  They do have two, possibly three downsides.

1) Instead of doing something else, you find yourself watching the Roomba out of fascination.

2) You have to "Roomba proof" your rooms.  All cords and curtain/shade strings have to be tucked out of the way so they don't get tangled in the sweeper.

3) I used to wonder why they did not turn off automatically and would instead stop and beep...until the Roomba scooted under the bed and had its way with the floor underneath.  Then the light popped on that it may decide it is done under there and you wouldn't know where to look for it.

Unlike the shark costume wearing cat riding the Roomba, our cats were very wary of them.  It was absolutely hysterical when one of the cats was peeking around a bookcase watching the Roomba, when the Roomba in one of its random walks turned and then seemed to deliberately head directly at the cat. ZOOM!! Off ran the cat.

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Re: Rosie and roomba
Elizabeth M   11/5/2013 5:35:58 AM
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I think the Mab robots are smaller than they appear, Chuck. And actually, that design won the contest! So I'm not the only person who thinks it's cool. :) You can see more details about that on the Electrolux website: http://electroluxdesignlab.com/en/

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Re: Rosie and roomba
Elizabeth M   11/5/2013 5:32:30 AM
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I didn't realize you lived in Albuquerque, Rob. I identified alot with the show because I used to live in Phoenix, Arizona, so the whole southwest is familiar to me, as well as the unfortunate prevalence of crystal meth in the southwest. (There was always news of meth labs blowing up in the Phoenix area when I lived there.) That show must have really hit home with you, literally! Did you ever see them shooting? I'm such a fan geek, that would've been really cool. :)

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Re: Rosie and roomba
Charles Murray   11/4/2013 6:49:20 PM
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I wonder how large the Mab robots are. They look big in the photo, but I suspect that's only because the one is close to the camera.

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Re: Rosie and roomba
Rob Spiegel   11/4/2013 9:52:13 AM
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Elizabeth, I'm glad you got Rosie in here. I'm a huge Breaking Bad fan as well.
Since I live in Albuquerque, I recognize all of the location shots. Walter's house is about a mile from where I live. Saul's office is just a half a mile away.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Rosie and roomba
Elizabeth M   11/4/2013 8:55:27 AM
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Yes, I think I mention that scene in my caption of the Roomba photo, Rob. I loved "Breaking Bad," and the Roomba's appearance in it provided some dark humor and also showed how popular this robot is becoming in popular culture. And I couldn't do a slideshow like this without "Rosie." I loved "The Jetsons" as a kid.

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Rosie and roomba
Rob Spiegel   11/4/2013 8:51:08 AM
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Nice slideshow, Elizabeth. The Rooba had a nice role in Breaking Bad. At one point the Roomba had sucked up some poisen. Thanks for including Rosie in the collection. She was the fiurst domestic robot.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/4/2013 8:22:08 AM
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Doing the research for this slideshow was really interesting and led me to conclude that I need every one of these robots in my house. They sure would beat having to clean everything myself.

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