With the push of a button she gingerly backs up out of her nesting spot to survey the work area. She cheerfully dings her little starting song and sets off in her first direction. Criss-crossing through the room, Mary Ann's only hesitation is when she comes in contact with the laser-beaming road block I've set up in advance. Mary Ann is not only efficient... she's smart too. Once she has touched the "no-no" light she makes note to cross it after she's duly done her duty in the currently occupied room. After 25 minutes in one room, she is given programmed permission to cross the laser into the next room. Around chairs, under sofas, teasing the cat with her spinning brush, Mary Ann is focused. She's also mesmerizing. I've found myself just standing watching to see if she's really going to come back and get that one spot she missed.... wait for it, wait for it... YES! SHE GOT IT. She transitions from hardwood, to linoleum and back to carpet with ease.. which is good, because I have all three surfaces! This is starting to sound like a commercial for the iRobot!
|The No-No light|
Mary Ann can be programmed to run at any time, at any schedule, but so far I have opted to simply push her buttons when I want a reaction... ironically, this is something I'm particularly good at.