It's called a Roomba. I'd seen advertisements for these things way back when they came out, I think in a SkyMall magazine, and always got a laugh thinking that 1) there's no way a robot vacuum the size of an obese hockey puck could do as good or better a job as a human with a stand-up vacuum; 2) how the hell will these things actually get EVERY spot without knocking down or at least scratching tables and crap?; 3) I'm more likely to ride around on a hover-board at some point in my life than I am to ever own a robot. Well a few weeks ago, my wife reached the point in her pregnancy every man dreads: when she is unable to stay on her feet long enough to do housework. Since she could no longer work the vacuum, and since there's no way in hell I was gonna vacuum these damn Saltillo floors because I'm lazy and I'd rather have a beer and watch someone else do it, we settled on the next best thing: our first robot. We bought it (for much cheaper than Amazon) at Costco, and it came in a box so light I was afraid to open the car windows lest it fly out. I was immediately suspect of my purchase, so I started drinking before I even opened the box at home. Took like ten minutes to setup, and I didn't read the instructions because I figured anything that expensive better be easy enough to setup without instructions (even though it turned out ok in this case, I don't recommend it for most scenarios). Well turns out, the thing is incredible. One of the best quality-of-life purchases I have ever made, because of the time-cost savings, the savings in energy of doing a menial chore, and the fact that it cleans damn fucking well. It also means that once my wife pops the kid out she'll have more time to other house-hold things, like maybe iron my shirts instead of take them to the cleaner? .... And yes, I did name him "Number 5." Spoiler My wife had no clue what that was in reference to. I told her "you can watch the movie with Colt when he gets older and has a proper childhood"... she didn't think that was funny. Focus: Robots. I'm talking in the domestic, private-citizen sense (otherwise would be another thread... ANYONE???). Where do you see this technology going? Where do you think the domestic-robot technology is lacking? Is it more helpful than harmful, or the other way around? Do you have any personal experience with it? Thought you'd see the day when you say "I just bought my first robot"? (I know I didn't, and I grew up in the generation that was supposed to.) Alt. Focus. Existing under-rated or over-rated technologies.