Just like your cat, Samsung’s upcoming robovac chases laser pointers

samsung vr9000h screen shot 2014 08 05 at 2 19 14 pm
You might know Samsung as the purveyor of gigantic flatscreen TVs and ridiculously-advanced smartphones, but did you know it also makes a pretty mean robotic vacuum cleaner? The company’s actually been pumping out Roomba-esque floor cleaners for a while now, and now it’s got a new one in the works that’s unlike any robovac we’ve ever laid eyes on.

For starters, as far as household robots go, the VR9000H looks like a freaking tank. Instead of going with the oversized hockey-puck look that so many robotic vacuum companies are fond of, Samsung chose to leave the bot’s powerful innards partially exposed.

Under the hood, Samsung equipped this badboy with a digital inverter motor (no exact specs yet) that reportedly creates up to five times as much suction as the nearest competitor bot. It’s also got a cyclonic separation chamber which forces dirt particles into the dustbin and only allows clean air to pass through to the second chamber and be released. It’s the same technique used in many full-size bagless vacuums, and it means you’ll never have to clean a filter to keep it running properly.

Much like the company’s previous vacuums, the VR9000H is also equipped with Samsung’s Full View sensor technology that, along with special navigation algorithms, allows the bot to identify its surroundings and avoid obstacles as it cleans.

But the coolest feature, by far, is this: In addition to a wide range of autonomous cleaning modes, Samsung gave the VR9000H the ability to follow a laser. Using a special handheld laser pointer, you can direct the bot around and spot clean a given room without having to manually push it around. Necessary? Probably not. Awesome? Without a doubt. Even if you’d never use this feature to clean your floors, just imagine how great it’d be to pit your cat against your vacuum in a game of chase-the-dot!

The Samsung VR9000H vacuum cleaner is set to his store shelves in Europe this September, with a release in the US scheduled shortly thereafter.

[via Appliancist]

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Hi-viz bike reflectors and a tiny flashlight

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Let a robot do your chores! Here are the best robot vacuums for 2019

Robot vacuums are a convenient way to tidy up your home and minimize your weekly to-do list. From a top-of-the-line model to a handy budget option, here are the best robot vacuums you can buy right now.
Deals

Amazon slashes prices on robot vacuums in time for Valentine’s Day

Treat yourself this Valentine's Day to smart home tech that will make your life so much easier. Amazon is slashing the prices on robot vacuums like our recommended favorite Ecovacs Deebot N79S. Ditch the cables with a self-cleaning robot…
Deals

Amazon slashes prices on Dyson and Hoover vacuums by up to $160

Hoover and Dyson are two of the most popular vacuum brands on the market right now, and with savings up to $160, Amazon is offering some of the best prices on the web. These vacuum deals are definitely worth a look.
Smart Home

Want to publish your own Alexa skill? Here's how to do it

Building new Alexa skills has never been easier! Thanks to Alexa Blueprints, you can pick a template and create any kind of Alexa skill you want. What new skill will you make first? Here's how to do it.
Smart Home

Samsung washing machine recall results in $6.55M class-action settlement

Samsung settled a class action lawsuit involving more than 30 top-loading washing machine models for $6.55 million. The suit alleged the machine tops could detach and explode. Original owners may qualify for refunds and cash settlements.
Smart Home

At KBIS 2019, LG brings its biggest lineup of Amazon Dash-equipped appliances

LG announced ahead of KBIS 2019 that its entire line of dishwashers and laundry appliances will now come pre-integrated with Amazon Dash, the online retailer's popular automatic replenishment program.
Emerging Tech

Words are so 2018. The Peeqo robot speaks exclusively in GIFs and video clips

Move over, Amazon Echo! Peeqo is a cute robot that will answer your spoken word questions by displaying a specially selected short video or GIF. Because, you know, it’s the year 2019.
Smart Home

Google Home and Amazon Alexa are asking smart home device makers for user info

Google and Amazon want to establish a "continuous flow" of information between their servers and your smart home devices, but companies like Logitech have begun to speak out for user privacy.
Smart Home

Language barrier? Psh. Here's how to make your Google Home an ace translator

You can now use interpreter mode on your Google Home devices. This means, you can use your Google Home device to translate conversations in real-time. Here's how to use interpreter mode.
Smart Home

Ring adds color night vision to wired security devices and HDR to wireless ones

Ring rolled out color night vision to its wired security products with cameras such as the Spotlight Cam Wired. At the same time, Ring added HDR control to its battery-powered security devices including the Video Doorbell 2.
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.
Smart Home

Check out the largest pools in the world - and how you can get there

From Egypt to Singapore to California, here's a pictorial breakdown of some of the biggest and largest pools in the world. Many of these pools are so big that you can even kayak and windsurf on them.
Product Review

From tables to porches, Ring's Stick Up Cam watches wherever you want

Ring’s latest home security camera offers more versatility than ever before, with the ability to mount it, set it on a table, or put it inside or outside. We got a chance to test it out. Here’s how it went.