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Watch: This hacked Roomba swears every time it hits an object, and it’s hilarious

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Roomba Swear

Making robots swear for fun (and science) is far from a novelty on the internet. But this new video of a reprogrammed cleaning robot Roomba will still tickle your funny bone.

This new gag comes from YouTuber Michael Reeves, who’s previously built a robot that shoots energy drinks when you’re tired and another one that picks tomatoes out of your salad for some reason. In his latest video, he modified a Roomba to swear every time it bumps into something.

In the video (which contains pretty heavy swearing), Reeves shows how he pimped up the Roomba with a Raspberry Pi, so it can detect collisions and play a sound through a Bluetooth speaker every time this happens. He also recorded swears from some well-known YouTubers like iDubbz and maxmoefoePokemon to spice things up.

Unfortunately, he had to remove parts of the robot that actually cleaned the floor. So, now Reeves has a Roomba that swears like a drunk pirate, but doesn’t do any cleaning. Not really helpful.

If you’re not interested in knowing the technical details of how a normal Roomba became an angry swearing robot, just start from here to watch the device drop profanity. Would you want one for yourself? Let us know down in the comments.

Here’re some details some deals you might be interested in if you’re looking to buy Roomba:

  • iRobot Roomba i7+ for $949 ($150 off): This high-end model has 10 times more suction power than Roomba’s budget 600 series and it continuously learns the layout of your home for better cleaning results.
  • iRobot Roomba 960 for $499 ($200 off): The mid-range offering is great for homes with pets. Plus, it supports voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • iRobot Roomba 690 $249 ($50 off): This is an ideal cleaning solution if you don’t want to spend buttloads of money on a robot. It has decent battery life, and does it jobs very well.


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Published May 6, 2019 — 10:14 UTC