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Old 13th October 2008, 14:30   #16
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If he has a litter, can I have one of the young 'uns?
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Old 13th October 2008, 21:25   #17
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@binz and @frankmehta and @maddy42 - thanks for the replies
the frisbee was just a random thought after i saw the round roomba shape on the xray scanning screen
@ashthedivx - a way to prove how well it cleans, is by first letting the regular cleaning happen and then on top of it run the roomba and show how much dirt it still picks up

@bass&trouble - i need to get roomba a girlfriend before that happens. I guess when I get scooba, she will have his babies and I will ensure you get one of the first roomblings or scooblings !!
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Old 14th October 2008, 01:10   #18
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Jassi I really want to get one now. I wonder how Richie Rich felt with Irona running around all the time. Im really messy and almost always have shoes or books lying around on the floor of my room. Is that a problem?

Also incase I get the Scooba, do I need to also get a Roomba to first sweep the floor?
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amazing post Jassi, i never knew such a thing existed.. now I am tempted to get hold of one. Will PM you for expert advise...
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Awwwwe... I love gadgets and this one looks like real sweetie

But my dust trap is the mass of wires behind my computer desk. The maid won't touch it, a machine couldn't even get in there.

But if the ever invent one that can, I'll be very tempted.

Thanks for your story, I really enjoyed. Hope you have many happy years together!
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Old 14th October 2008, 04:27   #21
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I bet your maid was kinda pissed at your Roomba.
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Nice post to read! It must be like a pet now?
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Old 14th October 2008, 10:32   #23
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Jassi I really want to get one now. I wonder how Richie Rich felt with Irona running around all the time. Im really messy and almost always have shoes or books lying around on the floor of my room. Is that a problem?

Also incase I get the Scooba, do I need to also get a Roomba to first sweep the floor?
it does feel really cool with roomba running around the house keeping the floors spic n span. well he normally slows down and bumps lightly into shoes moves them a teeny weeny bit (as they are light) and then turns around after sensing them with his bump sensor. chappals, keds, etc which don't register as a bump are generally pushed here and there, so better keep them in one corner. A stack of books is fine, he will just bump lightly and turn around. magazines and newspapers are too thin, so he will just go over them. One problem I see is black objects, he doesn't slow down before banging into them as they don't bounce his infrared light back. My bed has black feet, so he generally thuds into the bed, before turning around.
As far as scooba goes, lil bit of dirt in a generally clean room will be scooped up, but if you have huge amounts of dirt, she needs help from roomba.

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amazing post Jassi, i never knew such a thing existed.. now I am tempted to get hold of one. Will PM you for expert advise...
hey thanks - sure PM me, I can advise you on breed (roomba/scooba) and pedigree (model number) cheers:

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Awwwwe... I love gadgets and this one looks like real sweetie

But my dust trap is the mass of wires behind my computer desk. The maid won't touch it, a machine couldn't even get in there.

But if the ever invent one that can, I'll be very tempted.

Thanks for your story, I really enjoyed. Hope you have many happy years together!
well roomba does have enough intelligence to get over wires easily. he does that in my housemates room all the time (loads of power cables, ethernet wires, etc all over the room) but sometimes gets confused and pulls and you don't want that happening. What I would recommend is keeping roomba's virtual wall around the place where there are lotsa wires and roomba will clean the rest of the house just fine, merrily avoiding any stairs or large drops and any areas protected by a virtual wall.

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I bet your maid was kinda pissed at your Roomba.
not quite - she was quite happy when I showed her the online video of roomba and was even more excited to see him in action in our house. She takes a lumpsum monthly salary and cooks daily and takes care of washing machine and dusting and used to clean floors when she felt house floors were kinda dirty (once in 2-3 days). Now with roomba helping her around, she just does the mopping once in 2 days and sweeping once in 4 days or so and lets roomba take care of the rest

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Nice post to read! It must be like a pet now?
yep roomba is a pet, infact I heard in US and all they have different names for him as there are too many of them, but I guess in India I can get by calling him roomba. Khanak can call his irona to avoid confusion hehe

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Old 14th October 2008, 12:27   #24
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Interesting toy Jassi I'm surprised something this small is that powerful, shows size does not matter (Bah ! What do women know )

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yep roomba is a pet, infact I heard in US and all they have different names for him as there are too many of them
I'm positive somebody, somewhere, is creating a pink, fur line, for all those Roombas - not to mention fake jewelery (God forbid !)...
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Fantastic taste and narration as well !!

I admit the fact it is actually very difficult to make your mom/wife understand the it really cleans, else they'll do manual cleaning after such robotic cleaning assuming the floor haven't been cleaned properly

I know exactly what you mean.

I don't see my mom or wife ever using something like this.
My sister however is as lazy as me and she would be happy with it even if it does not really clean. But then my Mom will clean her house as well.

Just today morning during a routine argument with my wife this time about the mop stick, I had just broken. I ended up with a classic. Dont mess with my family on house cleaning gadgets. We know them all.
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Very good writeup!

But i was a bit disappointed at the end of it, I mean it was supposed to be a 21st century robot! and there were no arms and legs and face and no voice :( .
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Wonderful writeup! Enjoyed every bit.
Have a nice association with Mr. roomba.
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Very good writeup!

But i was a bit disappointed at the end of it, I mean it was supposed to be a 21st century robot! and there were no arms and legs and face and no voice :( .
you're wrong - he does have arms that clean the floor (brushes), feet to move along the house (wheels) and voice that speaks to me when something goes wrong (yes not just some demo message, but a whole host of messages telling me when to clean the arms (brush) or empty the bin or give him something to eat if he can't find the food (charger))
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Thanks to all, I bought my Roomba 405 for 99$ during thanksgiving. Will post detailed review once I am back to India.
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Wow 99$ is quite a good price or should i say awesome.
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