By Gregory MonePosted 11.13.2007 at 6:39 pm 4 Comments
The Looj, iRobot's gutter-cleaning robot, won a Best of Innovations Design and Engineering award at this year's Consumer Electronics Showcase. Controlled via wireless remote, the Looj makes gutter-cleaning a safer enterprise, as you don't have to keep moving the ladder down the length of the gutter. You let the robot do the traveling instead, and an auger spinning at 500 RPM flings pinecones, leaves and sludge right over the edge.
Still, even with a starting price of $99, it seems a little over-the-top—the local handyman could probably do the job much faster, and, over time, for not that much more money. The Looj really makes you wonder if the folks at iRobot plan to design a machine for every household chore.—Gregory Mone
By Dave ProchnowPosted 10.19.2007 at 11:10 am 0 Comments
As first demoed at Gadgetoff 2007, the new iRobot Looj took both my daughter and myself by surprise. First, when Helen Greiner asked us if we had any gutters at our home, we responded with a yes. It was after a 5 minute demo of this new gutter-cleaning robot, that we both realized Helen meant gutters on our house and not gutters in the street.
It still remains to be seen how this $99.99 to $169.99 robot is any better than just using a standard garden hose for cleaning the gutters on a house. In fact, the flopping, flailing auger action looks like it would flip the hapless robot out of most built-in style gutters. If you purchase and try the Looj, please post your results in our comments section.