Mini-figures, phone cases, fancy dress; these are the things you’d normally expect find toting Star Wars inspired designs, not a Samsung robot vacuum.
But the South Korean tech firm has decided that its line up of flagship phones, QLED TVs, and smart fridges needs a vacuum cleaning robot slathered in the iconic Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmet designs.
The Star Wars limited edition version of Samsung’s POWERbot VR7000 is being released ahead of the upcoming Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, due to turn cinemas into bastions for Skywalker fans in December.
The Star Wars theme goes deeper than just the surface design for the brace of limited edition POWERbots, as they also feature iconic sound effects from the Star Wars franchise; for example when the Darth Vader bot is powered up it will make the Sith Lord’s infamous breathing noise, though one would hope its suction does not mimic Vader’s laboured breathing.
The Vader POWERbot also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control; Samsung doesn’t say why the robot needs the remote but there’s a good chance you’ll soon be able to see YouTube videos of tech pranksters freaking out cats and bothering dogs with the Vader bot.
Aside from the Star Wars features, the POWERbot VR7000 robots are more than just branded gimmicks, and still come packing Samsung’s CycloneForce tech and Visionary Mapping to allow for the robots to go about their cleaning duties autonomously; this means the cleaning force should be strong with these robots.
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