This sort of notion that someone would dress a vacuum cleaner seemed strange. A lot more was going on.
Beki Grinter, an associate professor at Georgia Tech's College of Computing, commenting on how the emotional attachment that some humans develop toward their Roomba Robotic Vaccuum Cleaners prompted a Georgia Tech study on emotional design. As reported in The Examiner.
Image source: robotster.com/hack your roomba
Also of interest: Roomba-cum-Frogger