Monday, March 02, 2009

Hamster Power!

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Some geniuses with too much time on their hands decided to come up with this clever idea for a more greener vacuum cleaner (whoa..that rhymes). They took one of those Roombas and combined it with hamster power. Placing the furry creature in the plastic ball, it runs in a certain direction and the robotic vacuum cleaner follows its lead. Of course, who could resist the urge to display this wonderful creation on YouTube? A few problems with this.

First of all, this may seem environmentally good, but not exactly healthy...for humans anyways. Does allowing a hamster rolling around vacuuming your floor while you sit on your ass, watching Oprah or Desperate Housewives sound healthy to you? Sure the hamster is getting exercise but you aren't.

Secondly, there's no guarantee the hamster will do a good job. There's no point in having a hamster vacuum your floor if it's not going to clean the whole thing. Maybe if it's being chased by a cat. But sounds to me you'll be vacuuming the floor yourself after all said and done.

Last, how long do you think it'll take for the animal rights groups to break out the protests? They jumped down Miss Britney's throat about having elephants in her circus video (not saying she was in the green on this one). They are certainly going to have a problem with this. They are trying to market it as the hamster is getting exercise. They can get the exercise without the vacuum cleaner attached to them. Basically, this idea is turning a hamster in to an animal slave, cleaning the floors in your house. I'm not cool with that.

Here's a challenge to all the inventors in the world. Develop a vacuum cleaner that is great for the environment and doesn't require your household pet to do your dirty work for you.