Cat Herding

Danny at Oblomovka bought a Roomba, and finds it extra useful for scaring cats.

Still, we did our final moving cash splurge today, and bought a Roomba. And, what do you know, it’s actually pretty good: both at cleaning and removing the bejesus out of nearby cats. It backed Dyson into the corner of our living room within minutes – she kept tottering backwards for about ten yards, like she was facing the Feline Terminator.

In a similar vein: I can vouch that, if Lego Mindstorms is good for anything, it’s scaring cats with its Otherworldly Silicon Intelligence. I think most cats eventually figure out that if there’s a string or stick linking a menacing object and a human, odds are that the human is controlling the object somehow. As a result, a robot really freaks them out.

But with Lego Mindstorms, they do get their revenge eventually, by eating the smaller bricks next time you build a ‘bot.

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  1. Posted May 19, 2008 at 08:33 | Permalink

    This looks like an old blog post so just to update you that there are new models out for the Roomba that are even better than the old ones. The 530 and 560 models work extremely well. We’re a bit bias because we sell the Roomba. We’re based in Ireland.

  2. Posted May 19, 2008 at 11:02 | Permalink

    yes, but do they work better at scaring cats?