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…It’s Things Thursday: Project Bore Snake?

Project Bore Snake

A Bore Snake is “a one-piece cleaning rod, brush, patch, solvent and oil applicator in a flexible package one can fold up and carry in a pocket, ready for instant use”.

Apparently, the soldiers in Iraq are given cleaning tools that don’t work as well or as quickly as they should, despite being more expensive than the Bore Snake. Also, because of the types of terrain that they’re fighting on, gun cleaning has become a frequent occurrence (as often as a few times per day).

Thus, Project Bore Snake aims to send Bore Snakes over to the troops so that they can have the best possible tools at their disposal, and so that no lives are lost due to improper gun maintenance.

While feelings about the war are obviously mixed, I think that a project like this is a great way to support the troops themselves without supporting the cause that they’re fighting for, and it does a whole lot more than a yellow ribbon magnet ever did.

[Project Bore Snake]

…It’s Things Thursday: iRobot Verro?

iRobot Verro

If you own a swimming pool, then you’ve probably already come to the sad realization that while the swimming part is fun, the cleaning part is not. Thankfully, iRobot is bringing their robotic magic to the pool with the release of their new Verro product line. Designed to do for your pool what the Roomba did for your living room (allow you to be really lazy while robots do your chores), the Verro is available in two flavors. The 300 is smaller and is designed for smoother surfaces and smaller pools, while the 600 is larger and is designed for tile surfaces and larger pools. Both are designed to save you time and energy, and they can filter debris down to 2 microns for that really clean feeling. Plus, everything is built in, so there are no hoses to worry about. Just drop it in and let it do its thing. Sadly, these pool boys won’t be appearing on the cover of any romance novels any time soon, but the days of robotic servants are officially upon us.

[iRobot – Verro]