Programmer and YouTube star Michael Reeves is a certified genius as far as Twitter is concerned. At his fans request, he modified a Roomba floor cleaner to shout profanities whenever it bumps into anything. According to Reeves, the idea was to make his Roomba a little bit more “human” and less “robotic” — even though it’s literally a robot.
By “at the request of his fans,” we mean viewers of his YouTube channel would literally not stop asking for a screaming Roomba. They were even asking for it in the comments of totally unrelated videos!
He knew he needed to give the people what they wanted, so he put his other projects on pause and devoted his time to Roomba-related ridiculousness.
It took a lot of re-wiring:
But the end result was a Roomba that could be programmed with any voice he wanted to scream anything he wanted when it experienced any sort of impact. He tried a variety of screams, voices, and expletives before landing on what he considers to be his “final prototype.”
The testing was awkward and awesome — exactly what you’d expect from a programmer who was building a robot designed to shriek in “pain.”
Of course, he shared a brief video of it on Twitter.
I built a Roomba that swears when it bumps into stuff pic.twitter.com/ZdbKWGszT8
— Michael Reeves (@michaelreeves08) May 4, 2019
Twitter — honestly — thought this was glorious. It’s absolutely one of those things you never knew you needed.
😂This is genius! I hate housework, so listening to my Roomba &@$?! curse a blue streak would be music to my ears…
PLEASE make this commercially available! pic.twitter.com/R6ljJXNUE5
— #ImpeachBarr! (@TheMominatrixx) May 5, 2019
this shit slaps lmao
— ♡♪!? (@SkyWilliams) May 4, 2019
Have you considered making a version that just says 'sorry', for the UK market?
— Martijn Grooten (@martijn_grooten) May 4, 2019
we needed this to progress as a society
— Billy (@BillyButBetter) May 4, 2019
Midwesterners need one that just says "Ope, just lemme sneak around ya there real quick."
— Legendosaur VA (@Legendosaur) May 5, 2019
This is the greatest thing I've never wanted.
— Scott Daugherty (@210cloudchaser) May 4, 2019
Finally, a roomba with my personality. How much?
— Ira Mortem (@IraMortemx) May 4, 2019
Unfortunately, the modified Roomba isn’t available for purchase, but now that you all know the modifications can be done we’re positive one of you creative geniuses will get right on it. (This book by Extreme Tech on Hacking Roomba might even come in handy!)
If you’re interested in seeing how he did it — or just watching several minutes of hilariously awkward “testing” – check out his YouTube video about it!