This isn’t sci-fi but a tale of two bots–robotic vacuum cleaners! In June, I hurt my back and it has gotten steadily worse. I can’t use the heavy Dyson I have, so I purchased a bObsweep Pet Hair vacuum early last fall. As one who tends to anthropomorphize, I liked receiving his birth certificate and calling him ‘Bob’. Bob worked great for the first 6 weeks. He learned the house and picked up the cat hair and kitty litter all over the house. I have a long-haired cat with tufts on his paws, and he tracks litter everywhere.
So, I was delighted with Bob. Then…he started having mental problems. He’d get in a loop and go in circles. Obviously, Bob was sick. I talked with his creator, and was told he needed to see a doctor. Sadly, I packed Bob up and sent him to hospital. In a few days, he was back! I set him to work but he wasn’t the cleaning machine he had been. I tried for several days and realized Bob was not the same. I secured a refund and bought….
an iRobot Roomba which was much more expensive but was supposed to be the be all and end all of robot vacuums. After a couple of weeks, he hadn’t learned the house nor did he clean up the pet hair and kitty litter the way Bob did. Granted, he was much better at getting over obstacles. However, I was dissatisfied with Asimov as I called him. I’d purchased him from Overstock and they issued a return label and almost a full refund.
All that said, I do think robot vacuums are worth it. I hope I stay of that opinion. Happy Friday! Linda