Interviewing Roomba: A posthuman study of humans and robot vacuum cleaners | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1539-7785
  • E-ISSN: 2048-0717



Roomba, the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner sold by iRobot since 2002, is now a taken-for-granted household helper in many homes. In this study that cross-cuts phenomenology, postphenomenology, actor–network theory and media ecology, I utilize four heuristics for interviewing digital objects. I interview Roomba and utilize qualitative research methods to theorize about the complexities of the entanglements and relationships between human beings and their robot vacuum cleaners. Conclusions connect to critical theory and feminism and also question justifications of anthropocentrism in a posthuman world.


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