For all of you current and potential Roomba hackers out there, you better watch out for strange behavior and read this FAQ on McSweeney’s:

How do children and pets react to Roomba?

In general, children and pets react positively to Roomba. In some rare cases, however, Roombas have been known to kill those they view as threats to their continued survival. If you notice your Roomba acting aggressively toward your pet or child, simply return the Roomba to your place of purchase for a full refund.

How can I tell if my Roomba is depressed?

Excessively long charging periods. Vacuuming the same spot over and over. Not moving.

I say, if all else fails, put some kittens on it.

Image by Tod Kurt.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).