Few would argue with kicking back in front of the TV while the floor around you is being automatically cleaned without any human intervention. The iRobot Corporation's "Roomba" Intelligent FloorVac does just that - cleaning all household floor surfaces including carpet, tile, wood and linoleum. The Roomba navigates around the floor in a spiral pattern until its bumper comes into contact with an object or a wall. Once it has made contact, sensors allow the device to clean along the wall until it begins another spiral or makes a straight run across the floor to reach another section of the room, eventually covering each part of the room 2-5 times before its automatically shuts down. The two-stage cleaning process utilises both a vacuum and rotating brushes and there's also a special edge-cleaning mode to clean against kickboards in the kitchen and "cliff-avoidance" sensors to detect and avoid stairs. This combined with the small size of the unit make it versatile enough to clean underneath beds or furniture less than ten centimetres off the floor.The Roomba Intelligent FloorVac is the first automatic floor vaccuum available in the U.S and costs US$199.95. Dyson have also produced a robot vaccum cleaner in the UK - visit article 1282 to read Gizmo's coverage.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon