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Darth Vader sucks, and here’s why

The Force sucks. And it sucks well. Before you go berzerko on me, I’m referring to a pair of Star Wars-themed robo-vacuums by Samsung. I know right.

Samsung isn’t the first name you’d associate with anything Star Wars. But hey, there’s always a first time. The South Korean consumer electronics giant is jumping on the bandwagon, fresh from the release the official trailer to the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film.

The brand’s POWERBot VR7000, an intelligent automated robot vacuum gets a full-on Star Wars limited edition treatment.

The coolest (if a little creepy) thing is that the Star Wars treatment goes deeper than just the exterior design. There are two designs available–Darth Vader and Stormtrooper.

Darth Vader + Stormtrooper POWERbot VR7000 Star Wars Limited Edition
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Before it starts cleaning up your floor with Force, the Darth Vader variant powers up with the infamous breathing noise. Thankfully it doesn’t continue breathing as it sweeps up your home.

The Darth Vader POWERbot rocks Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control. If you’ve experienced a robo-vac before, you’ll know that you can manually point to areas you want vacuumed, and the bot will follow.

The Stormtrooper variant does not feature Wi-Fi nor have its own remote.

Darth Vader + Stormtrooper POWERbot VR7000 Star Wars Limited Edition
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The Force is strong with this one

The bot is pretty cool and handy. It will move on its own accord, sucking up dust and dirt around your home. It remembers corners and contours of a rooms, thanks to the new FullView Sensor 2.0. It also learns and improves over time, detecting different surfaces and adjusting suction power accordingly.

This nifty robot consumes 130W of power, and has a 0.3L dust capacity. Cleaning speed is 0.32m/second with an average cleaning time of 30, 60 or 90 minutes.

It recharges automatically when it is low on power, with a recharging time of 160 minutes.

It also comes with smartphone support, so you’ll be able to schedule cleaning times, as well as use voice commands through Amazon Echo. I’m wondering if there will be Bixby support in the near future.

Pricing and availability

The Darth Vader POWERbot goes on pre-order today in the U.S. for USD800 (MYR3,376), while the Stormtrooper version is USD100 less.

I’m a sucker. I want one. How about you?

Samsung via Venture Beat

By Vernon

Vernon is the founder and chief editor of A graphic designer by profession, he has a deep love for technology, cars, gadgets, food, and travel. He tweets too much and is also known as a caffeine bacterium ("life's too short for bad coffee"). Bleeds Blue (go Chelsea FC!) and considers BMW, Porsche, Alfa Romeo cars to have in the garage--for true petrolheads, that is.

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