The Ur Roomba (1959)


13 Responses to “The Ur Roomba (1959)”

  1. nixiebunny says:

    Mmm, Shorpy!

  2. Mat Bergman says:

    Great industrial design. Love the turn signals.

  3. Souse says:

    Glass dome and Harvest Gold paint job!

  4. t3kna2007 says:

    Reminds me of something from Descent II: The Infinite Abyss, except there they swarm and shoot back at you.

  5. Ian Brewer says:

    Here’s one from 1955 in an episode of Science Fiction Theater.

  6. Graceless says:

    Old Ur-Roomba trundled past
    In vain it tried, for every time
    The wall was found it swiveled,
    Struck with resolute design:
    To vacuum up the sands of time

  7. Gilbert Wham says:

    Fuck, I’d buy a Roomba if they looked like that.

  8. Preston Sturges says:

    Nice decor for an  eastern European medical clinic. 

  9. KWillets says:

    It’s the Tsar Roomba.

  10. Nicky G says:

    I was watching the (fantastic) documentary on the Eames on Netflix recently, and noticed this thing and thought, How funny — a proto-Roomba. The Eames couple were at the heart of the films shown to Russians during the cold-war cultural/technological exchange that (I believe) led to some of this footage/imagery.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I have a lot of mid-century furniture.  I had a Roomba for a couple of weeks.  Turns out that it just rides ride up the legs of much of the furniture and gets stuck.  Barcelona chairs, Tulip chairs, Rowland chairs, Eames Herman Miller table, Kagan coffee table — all Roomba traps.

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