Like the tons of people who have invested in a robot vacuum, a 52-year-old woman living in the South Korean city of Changwon expected her new appliance to help her with daily chores. Instead, while she was taking a nap on the floor of her home, as is the custom in Korea, the vacuum cleaner sucked up her hair and attached itself to her head, reported the South Korean newspaper, Kyunghyang Shinmun.
The sheer pain of the entangled hair disaster woke the woman, whose name is being withheld, from her sleep and into a painful panic. Since she was not capable of freeing herself from the iron grip of the hostile vacuum, she telephoned the fire department and begged for help. She was eventually set free by paramedics.
Robot vacuum cleaners have skyrocketed in popularity – the most famous among them being the Roomba, manufactured by American company iRobot, which has sold more than ten million units since coming onto the market in 2002.
However, the incident in question – that seems to have come from a poorly-written sci-fi movie script – might just be giving us a peek at what a dystopian, automated future might look like when the robots decide to take over and destroy us all.