New iRobot Roomba & Bosch Robot Lawn Mower: Have you ever thought “Gee, wouldn’t it be great if I had a robot to mow my lawn and vacuum my rugs so I can do other things I really want to do”?
Well our technology is heading that way!
New iRobot Roomba: The iRobot Roomba series of vacuum cleaners are 21.5” in circumference and will vacuum your floors for you! The vacuum cleaning robots are controlled via a remote control and the highest end model will allow you to send the robot vacuum instructions, via remote control, from any room in your house. So if it is ten at night and you’re contentedly sipping the drink of your choice and reading that great new mystery while relaxing in your favorite chair; and you just remembered that “Drat, I forgot to vacuum the den and family room!” — you can just pick up your Roomba remote and tell your iRobot Roomba to vacuum the rooms for you!
Here’s a link to a PC Magazine website article titled “iRobot’s Roomba Vacuum Goes Wireless” that offers a look at the brand new iRobot Roomba:
Bosch Robot Lawn Mower: And on the lawn mowing front Bosch has just introduced a re-chargeable robot lawn mower that will indeed mow your lawn for you while helpfully avoiding mowing over plants and lawn ornaments! The robot is called the Indego and runs for 20 minutes on a charge. It has to be charged for 90 minutes in between mowings but still…. imagine being able to sit in the sun in a hammock and read a great book, go out to a party or go hiking in Watkins Glen State Park and leave the lawn mowing at home to your vary capable Bosch lawn mowing assistant.
Here’s a link to a CNET article titled “Bosch Robot Lawn Mower Gives You More Hammock Time” that introduces this new type of lawn mower:
More On The Surface Tablet: And on another tech note related to the introduction of the new Microsoft Surface Tablet, The New York Times Bits blog offers an insightful article titled “Microsoft’s Not Competing With the iPad — Not Entirely” which discusses the hole that Microsoft may be trying to fill in the tablet market with its new Surface tablet –what one might call the productivity hole. To be more precise the iPad, which is the tablet that more than ninety percent of tablet buyers buy – isn’t really a great productivity device. Yes, you can download the Microsoft Pages, Numbers and Keynote Apps and create letters, slideshows etc. and even buy a keyboard to use with it; however, the device doesn’t come with a physical keyboard or stand and doesn’t have a USB input and those are two major drawbacks for anyone who wants to do work on a tablet. The Surface on the other hand comes with a keyboard and stand and has a USB input so you’ll be able to easily create documents Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Publisher and then easily save them to a flash drive to access later via another computer.
So just perhaps Microsoft’s intent in introducing The Surface is to go for the productivity side of the market and create a tablet that can easily be transformed into a lap top via the accessories that come with it – so students, business professionals and others will be able to create and easily export papers and projects. The iPad, which is a really, really great tablet – really isn’t made to do work of that sort. Instead, the iPad is an excellent personal media consuming (movies, TV shows music & e-books), web surfing and email reading device but not so hot at creating papers and projects and exporting them.
And here is a link to that Bits article: