So I bought a roomba. A budget model retails for a paltry hundred bucks, so is there any reason not to buy one? I really don't think so.
Well, there's the trifling matter that it sucks at vacuuming. Think of it more like picking up the dirt from one part of your floor and depositing it in another.
Now, don't get me wrong -- I love the thing to bits. It makes the perfect pet: it's cheap, it's moderately intelligent, great fun to watch, and makes endearing noises while doing nothing particularly useful. Oh, and you have to take out its poop once in a while.
Especially if you have kids, I think it's essential that you get a roomba. When today's kids grow up, they're going to be in a world full of (hopefully useful) robotic critters all around them. For good or bad, they'll develop some sort of emotional bonds with the little things, just like we do with pets. That kind of thing is much harder to get used to when you're an adult. Kids, however, take the world around them for granted and form their expectations and attitudes for adulthood around it.
Just so long as you don't get too hung up on the whole vacuum cleaning angle, owning a roomba should be loads of fun!Edit.
It's now 8 minutes after I posted this. I googled the title of the post on a whim to see how many people came up with the same cheesy word.
This very page comes up on the first page of results.Seriously
It doesn't really suck
as much as I made it out to.