You know the height of the Star Wars hype has reached its peak when Darth Vader and Stormtrooper arrives to robot vacuum cleaner. Samsung has announced limited edition Star Wars of the company’s POWERbot Robot Vacuum to celebrate the upcoming eighth Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. What makes this movie theme POWERbot special is, it was designed in collaboration with Star Wars “superfans” as opposed to the usual suspect of Disney and/or Lucas Films. Continue reading Samsung Adds ‘The Force’ To Vacuum With Star Wars Robot Vacuum
The thing about robot vacuum is, it is not as smart as you think. So, before it gets its long overdue AI to take over your domestic helper, you will need to give it a helping hand, such as pointing out to it where are the places you want it to pay more attention to. Such is what the newly introduced LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner is capable of. Leveraging on augmented reality, you simply use the camera of your smartphone and tap on the part of the room that requires extra cleaning, and HOM-BOT Turbo+ will proceed as commanded. This feature will come in handy when there’s a particular dirt spot created by, say, dirty boots. Continue reading LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ Robot Vacuum Lets You Use Your Smartphone’s Camera To Tell It Where To Clean
Having a robotic vacuum cleaner like the Roomba is like unleashing a robotic servant without supervision. The only consolation is, it won’t stage a revolt, but that also means it is pretty unintelligent. However, that is set to change if Netherlands-based outfit Thinking Bits have their way. Their invention, called Thinking Cleaner, aims to add WiFi and Apple HomeKit to your exiting Roomba, in particular the 500/600 and the 700/800 models, turning it into a connected robotic vacuum cleaner. The electronics required to get the magic going are packed into a thin replacement faceplate which will replace the stock Roomba faceplate. Continue reading Thinking Cleaner Wants Turn Your Roomba into One That’s Connected
some must be thinking: with so many electronics giants making robot vacuum cleaner, why hasn’t big name like Dyson jump on the bandwagon yet? well. you see Dyson is the like the Apple of home appliance world. they take painstaking effort to make sure they get it right, or at least ‘right’ in the eyes of the company. so here it is, after expending sixteen years and an astronomical sum of nearly $47 million, Dyson has finally taken the wrap off its first robot vacuum cleaner, dubbed the 360 Eye. being a Dyson product, you can expect two things: meticulously engineered on the inside and pretty on the outside – both which you will find in the Dyson 360 Eye. Continue reading Dyson’s First Robot Vacuum Cleaner Has 360-Degree Vision For Navigation
Gigabyte ESSENCE mini-ITX Chassis For Small Form Factor DIY Enthusiasts
Gigabyte new mini-ITX chassis is all about sliding. the chassis boasts a unique frame that lets you slide the motherboard, storage, and power pack into it. it has a power button on the front panel, while the base houses the audio and USB ports. slated for release in Japan starting August 9 for 13,400 Yen. LEARN MORE [via].
LG G Watch Charging Cradle Appears On Google Play
you’d be right to think that this is nothing new; every LG G Watch comes with its own charging cradle, but in the event you need another one or a replacement, there is no need to fumble around cos’ it is available for your taking for just $19.99 over at Google Play store. it’s good to know they have it there. BUY. [via]
Paper Shoot Is A Digital Camera Made Out Of Heavy Paper
this one falls into the lo-fi photography domain, so don’t expect anything spectacular from its 5MP CMOS sensor. mainly made of heavy paper, it measures 12mm thin and weighs just 80g. the fun part is the ‘blank canvas’ which provides a space for you to doodle, put stickers or whatever. 7,560 Yen. BUY. [via]
ROCCAT Skeltr Keyboard Features Smartphone ‘Integration’
ROCCAT has just introduced a gaming keyboard with smartphone ‘integration’, named Skeltr. basically it means, it has a holster to fit any size smartphone so you can use it as a second screen for games that support it, while the rest of keyboard has “most every other function that ROCCAT keyboard has.” $tba. LEARN MORE.
Samsung VR9000H Robovac Will Chase After Laser Pointers
somewhere between a traditional vacuum cleaner and a robotic vacuum cleaner, there is the VR9000H Robovac, which has the ability to follow a laser (think: cat). just use the special laser pointer, point to a spot you want it to clean and it will carry out its task. of course, automatic robot mode is also in order. LEARN MORE.
Wash It Wants You To Ditch Laundry Detergent
yup. go detergent-free. that’s what Wash It wants you to do. just attached it your washing machine and it will turn tap water into a powerful cleaning agent by oxidizing the water to produce activated oxygen and hydroxyl radicals. when the two mixes with water, they react to break up soil and stains. $397. BUY.
while the Jetsons family futuristic lifestyle is still far from becoming a reality, we think LG Smart HOM-BOT Square Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is one-step closer to that reality. yes. we realized that the product name is a mouthful, but it is for good reasons. this latest iteration of the robotic vacuum is strutting its stuff at the IFA 2013 and as its name suggests, this sleek robotic cleaner sports a more logical design approach with a squarish form that should allow it to reach out to typical right angle corners far better. to top that up, there’s the redesigned brushes that are 1.5cm longer to ensure dust and dirt in even the tightest corners can be whipped out and into the vac. the onboard dual camera gets an update too – they are now smarter and faster to enable more efficient cleaning. these cams are essential for the bot to snoop out your pad, scanning the ceilings, walls and floors (even in the dark) to form a ‘smart map’ where it will use to navigate around. Continue reading LG Smart HOM-BOT Square Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
the recently wrapped up 2013 International CES is not just about gizmos and gadgets, it is also the stage for advanced home appliances such as the Samsung Smart Tango Corner Cleaner Robotic Vacuum. like all robotic vacuum cleaners, the Smart Tango still maintains the ‘traditional’ circular design but adds a pair of “pop-up brushes”, enabling the robotic vacuum to whip our dirt and debris from those otherwise hard-to-reach corners. do not confuse the “pop-up brushes” with the regular brushes that most (in fact, all) robotic vacuum will have. Continue reading Samsung Smart Tango Corner Cleaner Robotic Vacuum
(photos: iRobot) iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Washing Robot | US$499.99 | www.irobot.com
we have too many things to attend to and therefore, we tend to neglect the basic chores in our home like vacuuming and mopping the floor. that’s bad because we end up kicking up a pile of dust when comes back home after a hard day’s work. a domestic helper would be nice but if you only need a little help in keeping your floor in pristine condition, perhaps a robot cleaning machine is that you need. well, at least it is a one-time investment and don’t have fork out money on monthly basis or put up with incompetent domestic helper. meet the iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Washing Robot that will solve your floor cleaning issue. Continue reading iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Washing Robot
iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot | US$tbc | www.irobot.com
i am sure most of us are familiar with robotic vacuum cleaner, iRobot Roomba which takes the chore of vacuuming the floor off our hands. but the Roomba is big and it doesn’t cover wet area such as the laundry area and bathroom, so in comes the Scooba, the newest and smallest cleaning robot from iRobot.
measuring just 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, the petite Scooba not only differ in size from the Roomba but also its capability. the robot cleans your floor with its three-stage system which washes, scrubs and squeegees your floors. being tiny, means it is able to reach those hard to reach places, including under the furniture.
asides from the sensors and electronics, inside the machine is an active-reservoir that separating the fresh cleaning solution and dirty water. as the robot cleans, the fresh cleaning solution reservoir shrinks, while making room for dirty water collected during the cleaning process.
i am tired of mopping even though i have only a small area to cover. in any case, i would love to have of these.
(image credit: Dave Hakkens)
by now we are familiar with robot vacuum running the cleaning routine in our homes. how do you like it to roll around your house instead? that’s what designer Dave Hakkens‘ Dust Ball does. it rolls around collecting dust and dirts, and avoiding obstacles at the same time. when it is filled up, it just automatically heads back its starting point and glows. wonderful.
at the core of this weird looking ball of dust is a two-axis motor that moves the ball around. within this core, there is a dust containment container (much like the vacuum bags), a battery pack and other electronics circuitry that makes up the whole thing. check out the cool video which looks pretty convincing.
Dave Hakken got his inspiration for the Dust Ball from a hamsterball and the Dust Ball was designed to be strong, flexible and most importantly, would be able to get over any cables that gets in its way. apparently, Dave has Dust Ball for public places in mind. oh, and its completely kick-friendly.
it certainly looks cool, you know the design and concept, but i am not all that sure if its practical. rolling around with no bristles to scrub off more stubborn dirt? i don’t know. but it sure do looks like a nice lamp to me. i love the glowing part. really.
(image credit: Dave Hakkens)
(image credit: Dave Hakkens)
via Yanko Design