does for mopping the floor what the Roomba
did for vacuuming. Or that's what iRobot hopes according to recent CNN
Money and PC
Magazine articles. The best quote is from the CNN article which
says the Scooba "sucks up the excess water and stores it to be dumped
later using artificial intelligence". Wow, I would have thought
they'd use a vacuum or a pump of some kind to suck up water but
apparently AI does the job just
as well. For the real technical details on the Scooba visit the iRobot Scooba
"sucks up the excess water and stores it to be
dumped later using artificial intelligence".
[my take on this sentence]
So... when iScooba fills up with liquids, its AI kicks in, first of
all crossing it's legs and bouncing it up and down emitting slight
squeals and then the AI helps it to run around searching and "holding"
for the right moment until it can find a IR beaconed marking tree in
the bathroom to dump it's contents? Now isn't that a releif? Seeing
that the iScooba is so accurate it would probably only need a Pea
(sp?) sized toilet? What if instead of finding the IR beaconed tree
it finds your leg instead and then dumps its contents? That would
Does it have some kind of sensor to detect moppable (tile, sealed
hardwood, concrete) and non-moppable (Berber carpet, Oriental rug) surfaces?
Forget the AI. If I can teach it to enter the cubicle of a co-worker,
announce itself, slowly empty the contents of its robo-bladder (maybe
while saying "Ahhhhhhhhhhh!") and then split, I'll buy one.
I'll keep it right next to Clocky.