On the semi-related note of insanely resilient motors, my mom recently bought one of these:
Kudos to Bill for finding it, I forwarded it to her and she went ahead and got one.
I guffawed at first (as I had considered myself a top-tier gutter cleaner) but I got to play with it a few weeks ago and it's hilariously awesome. Basically an extremely high-torque motor that drives some treads and a spinny-flipper thing that does not stop until the battery is dead.
As a nice little sign-off Colin Angle, the iRobot CEO, closes with "Welcome to the robot revolution!"
And yeah, the belt clip makes you feel really cool.
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