Robots have been cleaning our floors ever since the first Roomba arrived 14 years ago, but it's not a completely hands-off chore yet. You still have to occasionally clean out your robovac's dirt bin, which Black+Decker is making a little easier with its new Smartech Robotic Vacuum that compresses debris into discs that are easy to dispose of.
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You'd think that the first robot vacuum from a company like Dyson, who reinvented the vacuum, fan, and hair dryer, would rival R2-D2 when it came to functionality. But with the 360 Eye, Dyson instead focused on creating a robovac that did one thing very well: cleaning. It delivers as promised, but is that worth $US1,000?
We called Dyson's cordless DC59 Motorhead the first genuine replacement for a full-sized vacuum, even with a few annoying design quirks and limited battery life. It has taken the company almost two years to design a follow-up, but the new Dyson V8 appears to fix most of the complaints we had with the original.
There's a reason the microwave in your kitchen is a heavy brick: it uses a magnetron and vacuum tube technology that dates back to World War II. But since then, the technologies involved have been vastly improved (see mobile phone towers) and a company called Wayv in the UK is finally using them to shrink the microwaves.
The only thing worse than running out of clean clothes is realising you're also out of detergent when it comes time to clean them. So Whirlpool is introducing a new washing machine and dryer with Amazon Dash's replacement service built right in ensuring there is always enough soap or fabric softener on hand.
Lucasfilm and Disney have approved the ultimate loyalty test for Star Wars fans. Aqua, better known for its obscenely over-priced R2-D2 mini fridge, now also has a Vader fridge that's a perfect life-size replica of Darth's helmet. That's the good news. The bad news? It can only chill a single can.
Did you hear that? That's the sound of thousands of disappointed Star Wars fans who just realised that a life-size remote control R2-D2 refrigerator that can deliver them drinks will never be theirs. Unless they can find a way to justify spending $11,500+ on a tiny fridge that can only chill six cans.
If he can repair an intergalactic spaceship while it's blasting through the cosmos, it only makes sense that turning water into steam would be child's play for the world's most multi-talented astromech droid. Although, if cartoons have taught us anything, steam blasting out of his head means that R2-D2 could also be absolutely furious at something; probably C-3PO again.
Jabba the Hutt realised that R2-D2 was better suited to serving drinks on his sail barge than being a sassy sidekick to C-3PO, and apparently Haier Asia's AQUA brand agrees because come 2016 you'll actually be able to buy this rechargeable remote control R2-D2 mini fridge that comes to you.