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My robot prejudices are showing

We don't yet have a Rooma although I'm vey tempted (we'd just have to carry it up and down a few stairs every now and then). I look at AIBOs as as irritating as toddlers without the benefits. I think I'm ready for my robot butler, although it has to not infuriate me the way most electronics do at least once in their lifetime. But talking with Colin Angle of iRobot this morning, I made what might be a Freudian slip. We were talking about robots in the home; I mentioned the Intel Digital Health ideas of telepresence and while raising the excellent point of privacy issues Colin said that we don't yet have the killer application for the smarthome. And then he was surprised when my next question was about robot safety.

I blame Rudy Rucker and his robot that mixes up the baby and the turkey.


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13th May, 2006 19:20 (UTC)
Roombas and long hair Do Not Mix. Trust me, I had to give mine away.

19th Nov, 2006 19:08 (UTC)
Roomba Changed My Life
Ok, so, that might be a bit of hyperbole. But not really. Perhaps it would be better to say "Roomba helped my clean up my life." There.
And that's a big change. Get a roomba. You won't regret it. Nothing beats turning Reggie (his name) on, leaving the house for a hour and coming home to a freshly vacuumed floors and carpets. Amazing really. Worth every penny.
In fact, I might make it the subject of my next blog.
19th Nov, 2006 21:56 (UTC)
Re: Roomba Changed My Life
since then we've bought a Roomba (excellent, even copes with cat hair) and a Scooba (doesn't cope with UK voltage, languishing until a new battery/charger arrives) and I second the recommendation myself ;-)
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