R2 D2 is a valued member of our household. He is a robotic vacuum cleaner called Roomba. It's hard not to think of R2 as somehow human as he industriously works hard to clean the floors and rugs of our house.
I was skeptical at first, thinking the Roomba was just a gadget which would not do a good job of cleaning, but I was amazed. He does do a credible job of cleaning and is entertaining while he works, as watching R2D2 as he sweeps back and forth, is mesmerizing. And I gave him a name, R2D2 which I do for inanimate objects that I am fond of. I read that there is a web-site that sells clothes for Roombas, but I am not quite ready for that.
The above illustration is from the Wall Street Journal, 4/21/12.
Roombas use software that was originally developed for Naval mine sweepers and the Roomba directions encourage you to think of other ways to use Roomba, but I am barely able to function in the A-Z Challenge, never mind creating new software. I will just allow R2D2 to do the job he was designed for while I watch him work or read the paper or do other things, happy knowing someone or something else is cleaning my house and I am not.
The video from You Tube shows another use for Roombas.