I asked for and received a roomba for Christmas.
First surprise was that he’s an older roomba and he can’t recognize 5G internet. So my internet service is too good for him. We’ve hooked him up to my neighbor’s network instead.
And now I find myself child proofing my house in order to vacuum.
I thought the roomba could help keep up with the mess from the pets and the teen.
But man, I had no idea what a maze we had in our house.
I’ve spent the last couple days observing it and trying to map its habits and paths. Because it’s a machine. There has to be a pattern.
I named him Isaac after Isaac Asimov.
Isaac goes straight until he hits something then turns 45-degrees and goes straight again. That’s the pattern.
He misses a lot of bigger things and it’s like a toddler vacuuming. He’s going back and forth but he can’t really see what he’s doing. When he’s done, he’s usually bumped a few things I need to put back and I need to pick up all the wrappers and large objects he pushed out of hiding.
I moved his home base to my bedroom. He vacuumed my room yesterday and did a pretty impressive job, and that’s where the budgies are.
I let him loose in there again today. The featured photo in this entry is the amount of hair, seed and dirt he picked up after one day.
That made me stop judging his toddler style.
5 thoughts on “Roomba: the vacuuming toddler”
I thought I’s like one of these till I saw what happens when a pet has an accident on the carpet and the Roomba runs over it. Yuck! I have two Persians. Occasionally, one will have one of those accidents.
I don’t have carpets and my roomba isn’t set up on an automatic schedule. I don’t trust it to function independently.
That’s a smart approach! I was unaware of that option.
The roomba vacuums while I do other chores. He only vacuums when I hit the “clean” button.
I’d have to do a major rearrangement here to use one since I have a fairly cluttered apartment…. It was interesting to learn from you that there is an option to use them under more supervised circumstances. I have some physical limitations and a robot vacuum actually would be a safer way for me to do the vacuuming.