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I am looking for a 'roomba'. We live with 2 cats. I don't want creepy shit listening to our voice, needing wifi, that sort of stuff. Something hackable for FOSS Home Automation would be nice, but I'm happy with something dumb and privacy respecting.

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Thanks everyone for the recommendations. My wife told me 'stop acting autistic and just buy the one with the best reviews that doesn't require wifi to work'. So I did. Sadly not hackable with valetudo firmware, but maybe one day I will actually mess around with it.

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@egret some of Shark’s model aren’t Appified. No WiFi, just a good old remote control.

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@thegibson I take your dogs shed, so I'll take your word on that. Any model you personally have experience with?

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@egret yes, but I have no idea what the model is. Mine’s a couple of years old.

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@thegibson mv726, right next to the qr code.

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@egret I was being a little tongue in cheek with that pic. :)

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@thegibson I have difficulty spotting that after too much gin&tonic.

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@thegibson They shed their hair so you don't have to.

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@egret I've got a 600 series Roomba. It is controllable via infrared remote, so you just need an "infrared sender". BroadLink RM mini works with home assistant. It's got a charging dock it'll find its way back to, but you do need to empty it manually unless you can train a cat for this. Range finding and microswitches only, no cameras or microphones.

help with tech choice please 

@egret I have had a high end model and a low end model. They lasted about the same length of time, but the low end one was cheaper. The high end one had many features I never used. Now sticking with bumbling robot vacuums that are cheaper to replace. Because I have had no success in buying one at any price that endures more than a few years or is readily fixable.

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@onan How long did they last? And more importantly, how did they fail?

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@egret each lasted a year or so. Each had parts and pieces break off, and eventually either stopped working or stopped working well enough to keep. I cleaned them regularly.

I wouldn’t over-engineer the problem. Two cats plus humans plus this dusty world makes it worth just getting something affordable and it will be fine. The time-saving is real, they don’t clean up 100% of everything every time, you’ll like anything you get.

@egret so 10+ years ago I got this odd thing that was said to be a "Norwegian innovation" (I think) which consisted of a ball within another ball, with a battery in it, and the ball inside would then roll around in the larger ball and thus move randomly... and a cover cage with a skirt that had velcro on it which you could put these cleaning skirt things that it came with. I still have 4 or 5 of those...

It is not perfect but it does hit MOST of the room. And is not computerized. At all.

@mjd @egret What I'm basically saying here is if you find something that is able to move randomly and put a lightweight thing on top of it that is connected to something that will pick up cat hair, you've got 90% of what those Roomba things do.

The other 10% is of course 2% finding the dark corners of the room where the screws that fell off your desk that you need to finish the project go, and 8% casing your joint.

@mjd I'd love that. So would the cats. I cannot see such devices getting any work done in my home. :D

@egret oh yes the cats would flip the cover right off and "OOh a ball that moves differently than our usual prey... let us study it... ok bored now, this lid is fairly box shaped, let's sit in it."

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@egret I bought one 2 weeks ago. Been running it 1x or 2x daily. Very dusty here. 😷

2500 PA 💨 vacuum suction power
100 mins ⏱️ running time
2 sweepers 🧹 (flat rotating brushes)
UV light 💡 that supposedly kills germs

It lightly bumps into things and then changes directions. No wifi connectivity whatsoever. Not for carpets or uneven flooring.

The brand doesn't really matter. Average price is USD 40. I got mine on sale, about the equivalent of USD 20.

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@evelynyap Yeah but I don't really know what to look for.

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@egret Pick based on features. Some are simply vacuums. No sweeper brushes, no UV sterilization. Some have weaker suction power.

Pretty sure you can find plenty on Amazon. You can filter by price. The smart* ones that connect to the internet would be too expensive. Look at those priced at around $100 or less.

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@egret Which one did you get?

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@Ventronik Neato Botvac D7.

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