“The Jetsons” vision of the future featured robots that handle all sorts of mundane household chores. We might not have our own multifunction robot maids yet, but more and more homes are accepting robots into the family fold.
While robot vacuum cleaners like the Roomba are the best-known home-bots, there is a whole world of other options out there. Robots can now handle everything from keeping an eye on Fido to cleaning the gutters on your house.
Looj 330 Gutter Cleaning Robot
It’s a beautiful weekend day outside. You don’t want to waste it perched on a ladder cleaning leaves and dirt out of your house gutters. Robot vacuum maker iRobot (creator of the Roomba) offers up the Looj 330 for clearing gunk from your gutters. The Looj is a strange-looking gadget with tank-like treads, long brushes, and a mechanism that looks like a propeller on the front.
The Looj runs on battery power. You set it into your gutter and let it do its work. The front-mounted auger pushes through debris, lifts the junk, and flings it off to the side. You’ll still need to do some pick-up work to collect the detritus from the ground, but at least you’re not clinging to the side of your house and mucking out your gutter by hand. It’s a dirty job, but it’s one a robot is perfectly willing to take on with no complaints.