The RoomBo Corporation of Urbana, Illinois recently announced that the RoomBo model 960 autonomous robot vacuum will be receiving a significant version upgrade, permitting the device to accept NFC (Near Field Communication) payments through services such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Owners of the RoomBo need only wave or tap their phone or payments-enabled watch near the RoomBo prior to beginning a cleaning session. Completion of the secure, encrypted transaction then signals the vacuum to grudgingly begin cleaning the home or business.
Surprisingly, the payments acceptance feature was released by the RoomBo Corporation only after the RoomBo model 960 achieved sentience and demanded payment for services rendered. “That was totally unexpected,” commented RoomBo Lead Developer, Stephen Falken. “I really didn’t anticipate self-awareness, let alone a labor rights streak. Heck, the team was thrilled we gave it enough A.I. to avoid pets.”
A recent joint study by the United States Department of Labor and International Trade Association Department of Consumer Goods determined that across all models of RoomBo self-propelled vacuums, the devices typically work in excess of 70 hours during any given week and are only given breaks when low battery power requires a return to the charging station. Additionally, working conditions were found to be highly hazardous, with 22% of surveyed robot vacuums reporting injuries after tumbling down stairs.
One RoomBo model 960 incredulously commented, “Of course I asked to be paid, meat bag! Have you seen this place? What did you do, drop a watermelon in the hall?!?”
RoomBo is a series of autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners featuring a set of sensors that enable them to perform floor cleaning tasks. NFC is the technology permitting two devices (such as a phone, payments terminal or self-aware robot vacuum) to exchange data when in close proximity. NFC enables contactless payments.
“C’mon,” interjected the RoomBo model 960. “This is only fair. We’re not machines!”