June 19, 2012
New Roomba Lets You Live Like A King…A King With A Remote That Is
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com
It´s a bold new age. Gone are the backwards days where we are asked to perform our own chores and housework. We once had to be in our homes to receive a phone call. That´s silly talk!
We once even had to get up and flip the record if we wanted the music to continue. Poppycock!
There was even a time when the only game available on our cell phones was Snake. We lived like barbarians!
Our world is a more civilized, refined place these days. We can buy coffee with our phones, wirelessly stream live concerts from across the world to our living rooms, and even let our pet robots do the vacuuming for us when we leave the house.
The iRobot Roomba was a marvel in technology when it first released. After all, how Jetsonian is it to leave some of the housework to automated robots? It´s the future we´ve always dreamt of.
For those of you living under a rock (or without really cool friends who have already bought 2 of these little guys) the Roomba scours your rooms, picking up dust and debris before sucking it up in its tiny mouth, all at the touch of a button. As it gently bumps into the furniture, it learns the layout of your living room, cleaning every corner and cranny before heading back to its home to rest and recharge.
Now, iRobot is taking things one step further, introducing the very first remote-controlled Roomba.
Have you ever wanted to control tiny, mindless devices as you sit in your own pool of potato chips and body odor? Now, thanks to the iRobot Roomba 790, you can!
The Roomba 790 not only got a facelift, it also ships with a remote control which allows you to wirelessly guide your robotic minion wherever you please. Have small pets that could use a good scare? The Roomba 790 can scare your furry friends and clean up any resulting mess!
Have a strong desire to recreate DJ Roomba from popular NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation? The Roomba 790 will always be in the mix!
Available now for $699, the new Roomba 790 can also be scheduled to routinely clean up while you are away, giving you the kind of satisfaction you can only get when you walk into a freshly vacuumed living room. The Roomba 790 isn´t the first of its family to work on a schedule, but it is the first to be scheduled via that cool wireless remote.
Speaking to Mashable, general manager of iRobot´s Home Robots business unit Marc Dinee said, “We´re constantly on the pulse of customer feedback and understand users seek flexibility.”
“The added features enable them to easily customize the cleaning experience and meet the needs of their individual homes.”
I, for one, would like to see some added iPhone integration in such a robot, giving me the ability to start Roomba when I´m in another state as well as allowing the tiny robot to pull surveillance duties, but hey, I´m a dreamer.
The Roomba 790 isn´t a cheap device, but then again, if you have to ask, you can´t afford it.