Anyone using a Roomba or Scooba cleaning robot? Being a homeowner now with plenty of carpet, hardwood floors, and tiles, not to mention a yard and a pool, I find myself spending more time than I care devoted to cleaning the house. I’ve read some good reviews on the Roomba and Scooba, but I have yet to meet anyone personally who owns one of them. Any readers out there using products from iRobot to assist them in cleaning their homes? I’d like to hear what you think!
Back in college, I took an AI class—CS221, taught by noted AI pioneer, Nils Nilsson—where we had to develop an application that navigated its way through a maze. I don’t recall how my app performed, but I doubt that it would have won any accolades in the annals of artifical intelligence history. I’ve read that the Roomba isn’t all that intelligent either, especially when compared to the $1800 Electrolux Tribolite. That product uses ultrasonic sensors to map out the room it’s cleaning. There’s no way I’m paying that much money for a cleaning product, but a couple hundred for a smarter vacuum might be in order.