Give messy floors a kick up the 'bot; GAMES & GADGETS.
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iROBOT ROOMBA 780 ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER vacuum cleaner, mechanical device using
a draft of air to remove dust, loose dirt, or other particulate matter from dry surfaces. It is
especially useful on highly textured surfaces, such as carpets and upholstery, that are difficult to
clean by wiping or brushing. pounds 499 from iRobot ***
As much a miniature R2-D2 as it is a vacuum cleaner, the iRobot
Roomba 780 is a programmable robot dust sucker that lets you put your
feet up while it does all the dirty work.
After a simple setup process, the Roomba 780 can be left to
routinely clean your carpets unattended, doing a superb job of grabbing
pet fur, crumbs and other fine, dry spillages.
Virtual Walls can be established to pen the Roomba into areas of
the house that need a particularly thorough clean, as can so-called
lighthouses to better direct the floor-hugging bot (1) (roBOT) A program used on the Internet that
performs a repetitive function such as posting a message to multiple newsgroups or searching for
information or news. Bots are used to provide comparison shopping. Bots also keep a channel
open on the Internet Relay Chat (IRC).. New for this model
is a spot-cleaning mode, which sets the Roomba on an intense, one-metre
circumference cleaning cycle.
There are a few things the Roomba 780 doesn't fare too well
with though. It can't get right into corners thanks to its circular
shape, it will get tangled in rug tassels and it struggles to see black
objects such as floor-standing speakers which it bumps into at quite a
And despite its highly-efficient cliff sensor, your heart will jump
up into your mouth as the Roomba makes a dart towards oblivion from the
top of the stairs before suddenly coming to a halt.
It's a lazy luxury, but a charming one at the very least.
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