Like Hoover – a brand name interchangeably used as a noun and verb for cleaning floors – the ‘Roomba’, released in 2002, is synonymous with the robot vacuum, cornering 88% of the robot vacuum market.
Since its launch, millions of autonomous vacuums have made their way into people’s homes, and often – as the research reveals – into people’s hearts.
In this episode of Huh? Science Explained, Petra Stock gets sucked in by robot vacuum research.
Huh? Science Explained is a LiSTNR podcast.
Read Cosmos robotics coverage:
- Send in the robots!
- Australia on conveyor belt towards first National Robotics Strategy
- The art of trusting robots
Originally published by Cosmos as Are you ready to Roomba?
Petra Stock has a degree in environmental engineering and a Masters in Journalism from University of Melbourne. She has previously worked as a climate and energy analyst.
Read science facts, not fiction...
There’s never been a more important time to explain the facts, cherish evidence-based knowledge and to showcase the latest scientific, technological and engineering breakthroughs. Cosmos is published by The Royal Institution of Australia, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. Financial contributions, however big or small, help us provide access to trusted science information at a time when the world needs it most. Please support us by making a donation or purchasing a subscription today.