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  • Need Help Cleaning? Just Get A Robot…Seriously

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    Robot cleaners are becoming more and more common in homes these days. These automated cleaners take the stress out of sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. Michael Hsu of The Wall Street Journal discusses further:

    I HAVE TWO ROBOTS that clean the floors in my apartment: the Evolution Robotics Mint and the iRobot Roomba 530. The Mint sweeps and mops. The Roomba vacuums. Total retail cost for my live-in cleaning staff: $500.

    The point of deploying these devices is to save time. In practice, though, I don't end up with as much free time as you would think, mainly because I find it impossible not to watch the robots work. It's like hiring someone to mow your lawn, then sitting down and watching him mow your lawn. True, the novelty wears off after a few months, but I still find myself curious. Will the robot pick up that huge dust bunny that would take me five seconds to pick up and throw away? Let me wait 10 minutes and find out.

    As domestic help, robots have flaws. I bought my Roomba about three years ago; the Mint joined it a year later. But my dream of an immaculate, machine-cleaned home has yet to materialize—they can be slow and you have to space out your furniture to give them room to maneuver. But they earn their keep in other ways: They're entertaining—a cross between the Three Stooges and a geeky Discovery Channel reality show. I've read that owners often grow attached to their machines. Some give their vacuums names; there's even a website that sells clothing for Roombas.

    My bots and I don't have that type of relationship. And yet when a friend asks if I've ever deployed both at the same time just to see what would happen, I bristle. That would be immoral—like running a cockfighting ring. Besides, it'd be boring. When they bump into something, they just turn around and head the other way.

    Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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