There’s Cleaning Your Pool and Then There’s iRobot’s Mirra 530
Swimming pools accomplish two things: They provide a source of cooling relief from the oppressive heat of the summer sun and demonstrate mankind's dominion over a once unstoppable natural element in a rigid, confined space. The only drawback to owning a pool, however, is that within the blink of an eye, nearly every piece of dirt, trash, microbe, dead insect, and other contaminants can transform any pristine summertime oasis into a stagnant cesspool of filth. As humans, we've advanced beyond manually cleaning up these messes ourselves, as well as hiring and paying others to do a job they obviously won't do any better than we can. Always pandering to our sense of hubris and desire to be served, iRobot has recently unveiled Mirra 533 -- a pool-cleaning robot that gladly does what we people refuse to do.Read on...
10 Geeky Activities That Will Keep You Inside This Summer
In another day it will be Memorial Day weekend, a holiday hailed in America, at least, as the official beginning of Summer. Yeah, suck it, astronomy, the pool is open! Well, we're geeks here, and we know that summer is really for having a lot more time for our hobbies, which usually don't involve going outside. This week's Power Grid is all about what this summer has in store for the geek, and nothing on the list will result in getting a tan. It's dominated by the twin claimers of gamers, Blizzard and Wizards; but summer movies, events, and television make notable appearances. If you'd like us to be more specific, then just check out the list here. Hit the jump for an explanation of our metrics.Read on...