Are these the droids you’ve been looking for, or do they just suck?
Never one to miss out on a marketing opportunity, Samsung has launched limited edition versions of its POWERbot vacuum that look like Star Wars characters.
Ahead of the release of The Last Jedi in December, Star Wars fans can get their hands on Darth Vader and Stormtrooper designs.
The Vader model has wi-fi connectivity and its own remote control. It will even make Darth Vader breathing sounds.
The units work autonomously and use a combination of sensors and mapping technology to find the fastest cleaning routes around your home and to clean around valuable items and home decorations as small as 10mm.
The original VR7000 robot vacuum is also an award-winner, taking the Innovation Award at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Samsung says it worked with “super fans” throughout the design process in order to make its limited edition designs as “authentic and true” as possible.
BS Suh, executive vice president of digital appliances at Samsung, said: “We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of the Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans.
“From its incredible suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”
One drawback for your average Star Wars fan is likely to be the cost. The Darth Vader unit comes with a guide price of $799 and the Stormtrooper version costs $699.
For those on a tighter budget, credit goes to a colleague for spotting this R2-D2 desktop vacuum on sale at Staples for less than a tenner.