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Samsung’s Star Wars smart vacuum makes Darth Vader your house cleaner

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Samsung’s Star Wars-themed POWERbots robotic vacuums are here so you don’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to have Darth Vader or a stormtrooper do the dirty work for you.

Lean mean cleaning machine

These lean mean cleaning machines are equipped with what Samsung calls Visionary Mapping and FullViewSensor 2.0.

It has nine sensors that help it map every inch and corner of the room you intend to clean. It then avoids obstacles and makes sure to suck in the dirt all around the room. Stormtroopers are known for missing their mark, but not these units.

Samsung claims this 3.8-inch smart vacuum has 20 times more power than its previous version. It also has a bristle brush and a drop-down shutter to gather dust sitting in corners and along the edges of the wall. The shutter directs the dirt and dust into the vacuum, making getaways absolutely impossible.

What’s even cooler is that these bad boys also feature catchphrases and music specific to the design. Stormtroopers yell out, “Let’s go,” while the Darth Vader one does the breathing sounds and says lines like, “Your power is weak.”

No Force necessary

You don’t need to be a force user to control the smart robotic vacuums; you only have to install the POWERbot app on your smartphone. You can also control it through voice commands using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Star Wars-themed tech

This isn’t the first Star Wars-themed tech released in recent years. Back in 2015, prior to the release of the first movie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in the new Star Wars trilogy, Sphero came out with a BB-8 droid. It even inspired a Filipino teen to build a droid of his own.

At IFA 2017, Lenovo unleashed a limited edition Star Wars Yoga 920 Vibe. Even more exciting was the augmented reality experience called Star Wars: Jedi challenges which, as the name suggests, makes you live your lifelong dream of becoming a Jedi. Let’s just hope you’re not the last.

This year, the second movie entitled Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the new trilogy will come out in theaters worldwide in December, inspiring a slew of new tech inspired by the science fiction franchise.

SEE ALSO: Quirky Tech at CES 2016: Robots, Smart Fridges, Other Smart Things

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Arion’s color-changing dress is turning heads

My mind is blown and I want it

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Once upon a time, the internet was divided over a dress all because people couldn’t agree on what color it was. If you’re one of those people who argued for a certain side, I have something that will truly blow your mind.

If your brain can’t process what you just saw, let me spell it out for you: This dress changes color when a light, like your smartphone torch, is shone on it. From a sophisticated muted tone, the reflective material turns into a bright and awesome party dress. Let’s see that again:

People are definitely loving this fashion statement. The first tweet from the designer quoted above has garnered 12,000-plus retweets and almost 69,500 retweets in the first 12 hours of posting — multitudes of shiny-unicorn-loving women who want the awesome look, probably.

Admittedly, I’ve stared at the video far longer than I should have and am now completely convinced that I want this material in every single outfit I’m to don from here on end. Fortunately, the dress is now for sale on the Arion website but it isn’t exactly cheap. The two-piece set retails for US$ 155. As of posting, this is the only design the dress is available in but hey, I’m not complaining!

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What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

Xiaomi asked and people have answered

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Xiaomi’s new flagship is coming and, of course, the Chinese brand wastes no time in telling us that we’re going to want this new phone. Over the weekend, Xiaomi showed off the Mi 9’s color options and I am swooning.


The three colors posted all include a beautiful gradient in black, one in blue, and another in a purple-pink hue. Let’s look at that last one again:

The color, which people have been quick to call unicorn, has no official name. Global spokesperson Donovan Sung asked Twitter world what they could possibly name it.

There were a number of interesting and funny answers:

Of course, we had our own guesses:

If there’s any clue, though, it would be this reply:

The official Xiaomi Twitter account did conduct a poll calling it Lavender Violet the day before Donavan Sung sent out the tweet…

Until we have this confirmed, we’re calling it unicorn Mi 9. 🦄 Besides, whatever they call it, it’s looking like a very pretty color and I want it!

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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