Robotics

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 is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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