The Roomba is arguably one of the coolest and most innovative inventions to hit store shelves, and it just got a Doom mod.
The device's intelligence allows it to clean room after room while you, the homeowner, can carry about your day with little worry or concern. But maybe you've thought, "Is there a similar product that will clean my home like it's a video game?" Probably not. Despite this, that exact question can now be answered with a resounding, "Yes."
As revealed by The Verge this past Wednesday, there's now the Doomba — a Roomba that uses the floor map data to clean your home as though it's a level out of Doom. The wildly popular first-person shooter video game series has a way to sneak in tech one way or another due in large part to its aforementioned popularity. But this has seemingly surprised almost anyone.
To oversimplify it, the Doomba is a plug-in for the Noesis tool. This tool converts different animation formats, images, and models. In the case of the Doomba, the image data from a typical Roomba is converted into a level straight out of a Doom video game. It's certainly unique and unorthodox (to put it mildly), but it's certainly an entertaining sight to see if you've ever had a chance to watch it.
The Doomba comes from the mind of Rich Whitehouse — a video game designer and programmer—revealed that he and his wife dreamed up the invention while they were researching robot vacuums. He then explained that he wanted, "to serve the Dark Lord by conceiving a plethora of unholy algorithms in service," to create the Doomba.
While Whitehouse would be the first to admit that the Doomba is more fun than it is useful, he unsurprisingly has no regrets or concerns for his newest creation. If you're a hardcore fan of video games—especially video game from the long-running Doom franchise—then the Doomba is a something that you'll be interested in. Granted, it's not anything that will make your cleaning more effective. But it will certainly make the chore far more entertaining than it once was.