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   The Roomba is an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner made and sold by iRobot. Under normal operating conditions, it is able to navigate a living space and its obstacles while vacuuming the floor. The Roomba was introduced in 2002.

    As of January 2008, over 2.5 million units have been sold. Several updates and new models have since been released that allow the Roomba to better negotiate obstacles and optimize cleaning.
   The Roomba operates on a nickel-metal hydride battery and must be recharged from a wall plug. Second & third-generation models have a self charging base they automatically find via infrared.  Charging on the home base takes about 3 hours. All second and most third generation Roombas can be used with the home base, even if they do not come packaged with it.

    First generation models needed to be told the size of the room via three room size buttons (Small, Medium, and Large), but this is no longer required with second and third generation models.
    All of the Roombas came with "Virtual Wall" units. These battery operated devices would prevent the Roomba from venturing beyond the boundaries of the area you want to clean. They would act as electronic barriers and keep the Roombas confined to specific areas of your house.

   With the included remote control (shown at right) you could program and operate the Roomba. It allows you to set up timing and schedules for the Roomba to do it's thing at the pre-assigned time.

   Actually, we own several Roombas and have used them for years. They do work very well except if you have pets. The hair from them does clog things up and you have to clean the unit quite often.

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