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]


The best Presidents’ Day vacuum deals: Roomba, Dyson, and Bissell

Amazon and Walmart are offering pretty substantial savings to help kick-start your spring cleaning. Top brands like Roomba, Dyson, and Bissell are dropping prices left and right for Presidents' Day.
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.

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…

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

Amazon may be close to opening its first cashier-free store outside U.S.

Amazon could be on the verge of opening its first cashier-free store outside of the U.S. after a recent report claimed the company has secured retail space for a location in central London.
Smart Home

Ready for his close-up: Another man was caught licking a Ring video doorbell

A man in Lake Worth, Florida was caught on film licking a family's video doorbell. This makes the second incident like this in just over a month, after another doorbell licker was caught in California.
Smart Home

Perlick brings a bigger, bolder version of its high-tech fridge to KBIS 2019

Milwaukee-based manufacturer Perlick has been making refrigerators for nearly 50 years. It will be unveiling a bigger, bolder version of its popular column refrigerator at KBIS 2019.

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…
Smart Home

No strings attached: This levitating lamp uses science to defy gravity

Now on Kickstarter, the Levia lamp is a cool industrial-looking lamp which boasts a levitating bulb. Looking for a table light that will dazzle visitors? You've come to the right place.

Walmart drops prices on Roomba Robot Vacuums for Presidents’ Day

Spring cleaning is just around the corner, and Walmart has already begun dropping prices on Roomba, Shark, and Eufy robot vacuums. For a limited time, you can save as much as $150 on a brand-new iRobot Roomba.
Smart Home

After camera hacks, Nest locks customers out until they change their password

Nest is locking people out of their accounts if it believes there may have been a breach. Users will have to set up a new, secure password before they are able to regain access to their account.
Smart Home

Champagne-colored fridges? Talking toilets? All the appliance trends in 2019

Ever wished you had Amazon Alexa in your bathroom or a brightly colored appliance? The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) starts today, and here are some of the trends we expect to see at the show and beyond.
Smart Home

Your office is a mess, and it’s making Marie Kondo cry. Here’s how to tidy it up

Here's how to "Marie Kondo" your office. If you've been inspired to remove clutter and create a minimalistic workspace that makes you happy and helps you focus on what matters, then we have ideas that you'll want to try.
Smart Home

Say so long to silver. Samsung brings new colors to household appliances

Samsung introduced two new appliance colors, Tuscan Stainless Steel will be available for several kitchen appliances starting in May and for the Family Hub in August. New Samsung washers and dryers will be offered in Champagne Finish.