CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Hog Wild Robo Vacuum
- Smart way to clean up debris
- Easy to use
- Sleek design
- Works best on smooth surfaces
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let's rephrase that.
it's a vacuum. it looks like a robot.
bottom line? it's a vacuum that looks like a robot. if you're thinking it's a mini-roomba... think again. it's not. you manually push it around to vacuum crumbs.
it looks nice, it looks cool, it cleans.... plus it looks like a friggin' robot.
The access to install/replace batteries will probably drive parents nuts. Have your 6 year old replace them for you. You have to give the top a slight counter-clockwise twist, and then remove it. You then have to do the same with the motor housing. It requires a bit more of a twist the the top. At this point, you need a phillips screwdriver to remove the screw in the battery compartment cover door. You have to completely remove the screw. Then you can slid the door up and remove it. This exposes the battery compartment. Now, the AA batteries go in, one on each side of the motor. They are a snug fit that makes removing then a problem. Once you install the batteries, you have to slide the door back in place. You may have to push the batteries in against their springs to get the door to close. The door has a connector plate the connects the two batteries in series. You can then re-install the motor housing, making sure the arrows on the two tabs line up with the arrows on the inside of the base.
On second thought, you may want to skip installing batteries. The vacuum system is not too practical. There is an impeller that sucks air up from the center of the base, and blows it through screens around the outside of the impeller housing, through small grills on the front and back of the robot. When you turn it off, the stuff stuck on the screens is supposed to fall into a compartment at the bottom of the robot. Emptying it requires removing the top and motor housing. But with the limited suction, you will not have to empty to very often.
I think the one I purchased is going to sit on a shelf somewhere gathering dust...
The tech has come pretty far since household robots were introduced several years ago, so I'd personally expect the rudimentary "move in a direction," "don't collide with that" and "don't fall off that ledge" functions that have been so well developed in the industry by now that most of those should be fairly simple from a development perspective; thus their absence in this feature list is disconcerting at best. Honestly my son was able to build robots with good collision detection and sorting functions in his LEGO MindStorms *toy* when he was 12 years old (with no fancy PhDs or big salaries, mind you), making me pretty sure it's nothing akin to sending ATVs to Mars.
I guess my beef with this is that it claims to be a "ROBOT," but it is nothing of the sort. Robots are at their very least "automatons" (note the prefix 'auto' in there'). It's like the difference between ye olde Kirby upright and the Roomba. They both vacuum the floor, but if I turn on the Kirby, it just sits there, happily sucking the spot where it stands, ad infinitum, unless I, the user, decide to move it. The Kirby is no robot. The Roomba, however, is always working; when it isn't moving, it is acting on a previous command of "Stop Cleaning," patiently awaiting the next state change when it can again "Begin Cleaning." Several actions from the user can change those states, but they're mostly indirect: clean the filter, empty the catch bin, something is wrapped around the heads, etc. otherwise it decides when state changes are needed by itself (time of day, etc). The Roomba is close to autonomous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is super cute, well-painted but really just a gimmick. It takes batteries, but don't expect it to do "real" vacuuming... even on your desk.Published 14 months ago by Ann Evelyn
Gave it to my dad as a bit of a gag gift (he's a bit messy). He keeps it at his desk at work. Funny little guy and works for minor cleanup but it obviously doesn't compare to a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Arturo Donate
Do art work in pencil & pastels and use it constantly! And it's cute.Published 16 months ago by Dot Wolfe
This piece of junk fell apart within minutes. Cute, great concept, but lousy in execution.Published 23 months ago by Meg
It was a breeze to put together and start using. Picked up every crumb and is fun to use. Works very well and doesn't miss a crumb. I plan on buying several more as gifts.Published on May 4, 2013 by Donnie C.
Just don't works, poor quality on wires, I had to open to connect the loose wires, the electric motor have not power enoughPublished on April 4, 2013 by Jose Flores Mora
got this for someone who is kind of a neat freak, is was a funny and useful gift, actually works, great table clean upPublished on March 25, 2013 by debora cervantes
Bought as a stocking stuffer a few months ago. Vacuums mall areas nicely, but thought it was supposed to move around (picture looks like it has wheels). Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by ZippyHey
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