Life in the Gutter with iRobot's Looj

The tiny robot gutter-cleaner keeps you from getting your hands dirty, but you need to monitor it closely

Editor's Rating:

The Good: The intrepid, remote-controlled gutter-cleaner whacks away at debris while you watch

The Bad: Its tendency to flip and get stuck makes the prospect of steering the robot from afar a pipe dream

The Bottom Line: Cleaner than doing the job yourself but the robot's awful sense of balance means lots of supervision

I'm on a robot kick. In the past year I've carved time from weekends and early mornings to put iRobot's (IRBT) creations through their paces. I've unleashed these automatons to vacuum rugs, scrub floors, and suck debris from a shop floor.

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