Alfred is worried…

Those of you who read my holiday letter post from last year may remember that Alfred is my Roomba. That is, if you haven't blotted the experience of reading the post out of your mind.

See, I warned you, and what did you do - you went back and looked at the post anyway. Isn't the picture of Alfred wearing the basket cute?

Roomba has been a loyal servant for these past months, and except for occaisional bouts of catatonic paralysis at the edge of our stairs, has performed his duties with devotion an diligence.

But there's a new kid in town:


Roomba discovery is here:

New features are:

  • Bigger bin

  • Better battery

  • Self-charging (roomba finds his charger on the floor)

  • Dirt detection

  • Automatic hat wearing

  • Enhanced “sulk“ mode

  • Teenager mode (cleans while you watch, then goes and watches TV when you leave)


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  1. Kevin Dente says:

    Uh – did you get that title wrong?

  2. I think that Albert is a better name for a robot than Alfred. But I may be biased. 🙂 Darn those Batman comics and the association they have created between a butler and the proud name of Alfred.

  3. Stephen says:

    So do you have the new model?

  4. Eric says:

    Thanks, Kevin.

    Stephen: No, I don’t have the new model.

  5. Duncan says:

    I saw one of the earlier models of these these demonstrated in a department store. All the men were testing it’s collision avoidance logic and so on and the women were standing around noticing that it hardly picked up any dirt at all. We (men) have much to learn 😉

  6. Sushant Bhatia says:

    Teenage mode…hehe.

  7. I don’t know where I’ve been but that’s a nifty device.

    Do you have animals and are they spooked when that thingamajiggy gets crawling?

  8. Eric says:

    One cat ignores it. The other cat runs and hides, but he does that in response to anything.

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