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Roomba 530 robotic vacuum review by consumer advocate Mike Adams

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Roomba, iRobot Corporation, household robots

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(NewsTarget) The new Roomba 500 series robotic vacuums are, its manufacturer says, the best robotic vacuums ever made. We decided to buy a Roomba 530 and put it to the test, and today we bring you the results in an exclusive NewsTarget Photo Tour available at http://www.newstarget.com/phototour_roomba_5...

Why review a Roomba robotic vacuum? For one thing, the use of household robots has potentially huge implications for the quality of life of consumers. The more we can get machines to take care of basic household chores (like doing dishes, washing laundry or, in this case, cleaning floors), the more time we all have to spend on other, more meaningful endeavors like watching stupid videos on YouTube and playing video games on the Nintendo Wii. On a more serious note, given the number of people who currently suffer from allergies and respiratory problems caused in part by unclean homes, the idea of living in a cleaner home with less dust, hair, dandruff and flakes of dead skin all over the floor is enticing from a health perspective, too.

Plus, a lot of consumers are suddenly interested in the Roomba robots, and I wanted to offer a truly independent, objective review of this product and the company behind it: the iRobot Corporation. As you'll see in the review, I have some serious reservations about the company's future plans for battlefield robots, but you'll have to keep reading to learn about that.

In this review, I describe the new technologies and improvements in the Roomba 530 model, and show detailed pictures of the relevant parts of the robot. Overall, the product is quite impressive: It works as advertised, and it delivers solid performance with a more environmentally friendly battery and smarter navigation that handles thick carpets as easily as hardwood floors. Even cleaning the brushes and dust bin is now far easier than in previous models (view the product pictures to see for yourself).

From an engineering and robotics standpoint, the iRobot Corporation seems to have created an impressive product that can literally save a family hundreds of hours a year on cleaning time. While it doesn't do windows, and it doesn't scrub floors with a mop (their Scooba robot takes care of that), the Roomba 500 series does what it promises to do: Sweep up dirt, dust and debris. It rarely gets stuck when navigating around the house, it's more gentle on furniture than previous Roomba models, and it's a whole lot less noisy than earlier Roombinians, too.

Click the following link to view the photo tour for yourself and explore what's new (and cool) with the Roomba 530:

I can't wait to arm my Roomba with a Taser...

So with all this good technology, what reservations could I possibly have about the iRobot Corporation? For one, the company has reached an agreement with the Taser company to start mounting tasers on its tactical robots sold to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies. Do we really want tasers on robots that could potentially be used for crowd control on the U.S. population?

And more importantly, if tasers are mounted on the robots right now, it seems a small step to start mounting shotguns or other firearms on these robots, setting them loose in Iraq, Afghanistan or even some U.S. city where they go on a "Terminator" rampage, killing anything that moves because they're programmed to do so. Sound ridiculous? Sure, it's a bit sci-fi right now, and the company claims it's not looking to arm its robots with military weapons, but you can bet the Pentagon has a different plan. An army of robotic soldiers who won't question orders (or die) is every war monger's secret dream...

So read this review carefully and think twice about whether you want to support a company that's arming robots with Tasers right now. And be sure to stay inside your little Free Speech Zone box at your next public rally, or else you might be targeted with a Taser-toting Terminator 'bot.

"Don't Tase me, bro!"

I discuss all this in more detail in the Photo Tour: http://www.newstarget.com/phototour_roomba_5...

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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