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Robots in the Bathroom

Posted January 04, 2011 8:30 AM by Steve Melito

The Scooba 230 kills 97% of common household bacteria with deadly efficiency. Even better, this home appliance robot eliminates a source of domestic despair. Standing just 3.5 inches tall and measuring 6.5 inches in diameter, the latest offering from iRobot Corp. is no R2-D2, of course. But it "has effectively made one of people's least favorite household chores, cleaning the bathroom, a whole lot easier," claims company president Jeff Beck.

Unlike a homeowner armed with a mop and bucket, the Scooba 230 never uses dirty water to clean a floor. That's because the robot's three-stage cleaning system contains separate, self-adjusting reservoirs. When filled with cleaning solution, the Scooba 230 can scrub and squeegee up to 150 square feet of linoleum, tile, or sealed hardwood floors. As the robot completes its mission, however, the active reservoir shrinks in size to free up space for dirty, germy water.

Upon completing its mission, the Scooba 230 notifies its owner with lights and chimes. The holidays may be over, but would you like to see this home-appliance robot under your Christmas tree next year?

Source: Appliance Magazine

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01/04/2011 10:24 AM

My cat would love it! Sorry Del.

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01/04/2011 11:04 AM

The SCOOBA 230 is the newest incarnation of this little robot. It has been around for five years or so. Wiki has an article about it.

When there is a robot to clean the toilet, then they will have something!

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01/05/2011 8:27 AM

And who get's to clean the robot? I see we need a Scooba cleaning robot!

As someone who raises dogs, I'm very aware of the cleaning process involved to keep things "nice". The nastiest part of the job is always cleaning the cleaning tools!

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01/05/2011 11:15 AM

I recently got a Roomba, the single guys dream.

I'll hold off on the bathroom until they have one that cleans the whole toilet!!

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01/05/2011 5:48 PM

Ya know, I dislike the vacuuming chore, and would love to get a Roomba.

I have a dog (that sheds) and a cat (that sheds too). I have about 700 SF or so of carpet, and in my once a week effort I will fill up the dust container (no filter bag) six times on an easy week. I cannot believe the animals are not going bald, and I know I could have knitted enough sweaters for a football team had I kept all the hair.

Is there a Roomba with a self-compactor feature and a 5 gallon receptacle?

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01/05/2011 6:47 PM

That's why we raise non-shedding dogs!

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01/06/2011 10:27 AM

There is a version designed to deal with pet hair but I don't have that one. No pets or wives allowed in my current abode.

I do know that with the model I have even human hair is a problem. Apparently the old vacuum didn't pick up much hair at all. The first time I used the Roomba I would have to clean out hair wound around the brush and beater axles about every 15 minutes. It's gotten to be less of a problem over time but cleaning the axles is still a painful manual process.

Self-compactor would be nice. A 5 gallon receptacle on a machine designed to get into and under tight areas may present a problem.

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