We are just getting used to our in-laws’ Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. We go to visit and the Roomba is puttering away as we sit and talk.. very kool for a gadget freak like me. But now there’s a new device that will sneak into our homes innocuously (like a Roomba).. and perhaps cause major social disturbance. It’s a mobile robot air freshener.. seen here firmly encased in its own glass cage.. and no wonder!Just think.. your ‘Rydis’ ( that’s its name -disturbingly similar to Tardis..) is happily sniffing out pockets of relatively poor quality air around the home. It seems to spend a long time loitering at the door of the loo for some reason.. until your mother-in-law of er.. advanced years comes to stay for her annual checkup on how her beloved daughter is being treated but tha no-good son-in-law.
YOU know she smells – many old people do – but you’d never say anything. It’s just part of the price you are willing to pay for marital continuity. Suddenly mother-in-law has a new friend. Rydis is tracking her. Rydis is sitting in front of her s she watches Oprah. Rydis turns its fans on full blast every time it locates her. It even follows her to her bedroom!
And you have to explain to her why. No thanks.