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traceur
2009-Dec-17, 03:24 AM
for the last few years i've had a pet (well technically two but with cats you never know who owns who): i'm talking ofcourse about roomba (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqhIMFQNGCg). we've had a delightful dirtying-cleaning relationship for years, and i even spoiled it with a few hacks.
bad sadly its insurance coverage is about to end, and it has needed the occasional maintenance, and i just don't know how longer it will hold. it has being through a good time, but all great things have an end.

facing this harsh reality, where do i go next? roomba 560 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLIPLiQDIk0) or Neato (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/12/neato-vacuum-cleaner/)?

Moose
2009-Dec-17, 10:55 AM
Insurance coverage?

jokergirl
2009-Dec-17, 05:16 PM
The new Roombas seem to be worse engineered than the old ones. We've replaced ours several times now (luckily we have coverage so it's just a bit annoying to swap it out every so often). They seem to have switched to cheaper(?) designs on parts, which makes it more susceptible to hairballs around the axles of any rotating parts, for example.

Don't know anything about Neato, is it based on a similar principle? I wasn't impressed by the Trilobite (which uses mapping technology like Neato is claimed to) at all, it leaves dust around the corners and is really slow. No comparison to the cute little Roomba!

;)

Dgennero
2009-Dec-17, 05:47 PM
As a gadget freak, I'd dare the plunge into the cold water of the unexplored, the novelty over what is known to work. Expect a more advanced robot if you choose the Neato but it might still suffer from some "childhood diseases". A good product replacement/maintenance plan should be chosen.

Seeka
2009-Dec-17, 11:05 PM
Why have I not seen this invention before? The Roomba looks pretty cute to me:)

PetersCreek
2009-Dec-17, 11:09 PM
I like the idea of the Roomba/Neato but we're a 3-animal household. If our Dyson's canister is any indication, neither of those cute little vac-bots would have the capacity to handle the hair load unless it was set to run a couple of times a day, with canister dumping in between. That's not automatic yet as far as I know.

Chuck
2009-Dec-18, 12:14 AM
This is the 21st century. I thought robots would be a lot better. I haven't cleaned my apartment since the year 2000 because I'm expecting my robot maid to come out of the wall.

jokergirl
2009-Dec-18, 08:45 AM
I like the idea of the Roomba/Neato but we're a 3-animal household. If our Dyson's canister is any indication, neither of those cute little vac-bots would have the capacity to handle the hair load unless it was set to run a couple of times a day, with canister dumping in between. That's not automatic yet as far as I know.

There is actually a Roomba designed to handle animal hair specifically. My BF's mom lives with a cat and 4 Golden Retrievers and she's quite happy with it.

The benefit of the vac-bots is that you don't have to be at home for them to do their work. Just set it when you leave for work, empty when you come home. If you do it routinely, the hair load will decrease in comparison to weekly vacuuming.

;)

Moose
2009-Dec-18, 11:13 AM
I think I want the neato. It's more expensive, but it actually does more than wander around with a vacuum hose. (Which, come to think of it, one-ups me as well. It can get under my couch, too, which my upright can't.)

closetgeek
2009-Dec-18, 05:39 PM
I like the idea of the Roomba/Neato but we're a 3-animal household. If our Dyson's canister is any indication, neither of those cute little vac-bots would have the capacity to handle the hair load unless it was set to run a couple of times a day, with canister dumping in between. That's not automatic yet as far as I know.

When we had dogs, it wasn't the hair that would prevent me from buying either one. I just didn't want to end up buying a really expensive chew toy. Looking at both of them, I think I would go with the Neato because it seems to be more high tech.
There was a problem with the poll, though, I didn't see Closetgeek as a possible choice :lol:

Paracelsus
2009-Dec-18, 07:01 PM
Couldn't say. Am not sexually-attracted to robots.

Drunk Vegan
2009-Dec-21, 04:13 AM
There's also this:

http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/28/zappos-hires-robots-to-take-over-inventory-floor/

And these:

http://www.myroombud.com/

I want to get a Roomba and skin it to look like a DRD from Farscape.. would get some serious geek points:

http://www.starshipmodeler.org/wfest2k6/m_bp_drd.jpg

Dgennero
2009-Dec-22, 03:01 PM
And of course there's a big line of consumer robots: http://www.androidtech.com/html/consumer-robots.php
Interesting to watch: Dog vs. Roomba (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYflBVAs4c8).
There are even more alternatives when it comes to housecleaning, for example the P3 vacuum robot (http://www.robotshop.ca/p3-international-p4920-vacuum.html) or the Infinuvo (http://www.robotshop.ca/infinuvo-cleanmate-robot-vacuum-2.html).
Decisions, decisions ;)

Ilya
2009-Dec-22, 03:14 PM
Couldn't say. Am not sexually-attracted to robots.
"Cute" has nothing to do with sex, except as euphemism. Babies are cute. When a teenage girl says "This guy is cute", what she is thinking is rather different from "cute".

rigel
2009-Dec-22, 08:37 PM
Do either of those pick up the tiny styrifoam beads that come from stuffed teddy bears? My current vacuum cleaner just shoots them every where.

Dgennero
2009-Dec-24, 03:11 PM
Well, the solution is to ask the retailer for a demonstration or let you try both out at home.
For me, besides pick-up efficiency, important would be these features:
- return to home port for charging
- large receptacle
- ruggedness
- intelligent moving pattern
- timer-controlled activation possible.