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Dyson Imagines Massive Floating Rubbish Vacuum to Suck up Man's Plastic Crap

James Dyson's sketched out the idea of a new form of sucking machine, one so large it requires a barge to house it. The idea being to set it free and let it "mine" rivers of all the floating plastic junk that's been chucked into them since man first invented plastics. Read More >>

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A Self-Charging Robot Vac That Remembers Exactly Where it Left Off

Where as Roomba—arguably the most popular robot vacuum on the market—uses a tried and true pre-programmed algorithm to randomly explore and clean the floors in your home. Neato's robotic vacuums—including its new BotVac—use a built-in laser scanner to map a room and plan out the most efficient cleaning route. Read More >>

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Dyson's Cinetic Does Away With Grim Clogged Filters

That Dyson fellow is still tinkering around with vacuum cleaners in his garage, today announcing the Dyson Cinetic -- a new model series that should ensure no clogged filters or loss of suck for the whole 10-year life of a cleaner. Read More >>

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Dyson's New Gadgets Make You Feel Like a Superhero

There's something strangely throttling about a Dyson device. The curves feel futuristic, and the transparent plastic shows you what's under the hood. And the latest generation packs runs faster than a Formula 1 race car. You almost have to pinch yourself to remember that it's just a vacuum cleaner. Read More >>

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Moneual's Hybrid Mopping Robot Vacuum Remembers Every Spot It's Missed

Following hot on the heels of the Rydis H67 released just a few months ago, Moneual has revealed an updated version of its Roomba challenger with the Rydis H68 that introduces a capacious built in reservoir—the largest on the market it claims—for holding cleaning agents, and a new system for more efficiently cleaning a room. Using 42 omni directional sensors the bot automatically scans a room, tracks its own position, and then maps out the most efficient route that covers as much of the floor as possible. Read More >>

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A Full Size Hybrid Vacuum You Can Charge By USB

When you hear the words 'vacuum' and 'USB' used in the same sentence, you probably picture a tiny keyboard cleaning tool with barely enough power to suck up crumbs. But Panasonic's hybrid MC-HS700G, now available in Japan, is a full sized vacuum cleaner strong enough to lift a bowling ball that can also be charged from a USB port giving you up to 20 minutes of suction without a tether to a wall outlet. Read More >>

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This Hybrid Robot Cleaner Vacuums and Mops All the Floors In Your Home

If you've got a mix of hard and carpeted floors in your home that you just don't feel like cleaning, you usually have to rely on two separate cleaning bots to get the work done. But you can write your Roomba and Scooba a letter of recommendation and send them on their way now that Moneual's new Rydis H67 promises to tackle both tasks with one machine. Read More >>

science
This Fridge's Vacuum Sealed Drawer Puts Fresh Food Into Cryostasis

With its new Freshness Centre refrigerator, Siemens wants you to get rid of that freezer bag sealing contraption on your counter. In addition to the standard fridge and freezer compartments, the KG38QAL30 has a third drawer with a section that vacuum seals itself, preserving fresh foods like vegetables and meats up to five times longer.
With the drawer closed, a simple button push sucks the oxygen out, reducing the air pressure by 300 millibars. So we're not talking the vacuum of space here, or enough to implode the fridge, but more than enough to discourage bacteria and other parasite growth. The Freshness Center is destined for a release in the Netherlands and Germany first, and if consumers are cool with the £1,300 price tag, Siemens might roll it out in other parts of the world later on. [Siemens via Gizmag] Read More >>

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A Rare Behind the Scenes Look at how Dyson Torture-Tests Its Vacuums

Did you know the polycarbonate plastic material that Dyson uses for the dirt collecting bins on its vacuums is the same material used to make police riot shields? We all know that Dyson make some of the best vacuums on the market, but the company is now giving us an inside look at its R&D labs and exactly how it ensures its hardware sucks so incredibly well. Read More >>

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The Dyson Hard Just Made Your Floor Mop Obsolete

Not content with making every other vacuum and fan on the market seem like a cheap children's toy, Dyson has now set its sights on the floor mop that's been quivering in your broom closet, awaiting its day of reckoning. The unfortunately named Dyson Hard is a version of the company's handheld cordless vacs that sees the business end replaced with a cleaning head that also sucks away dirt before it scrubs your floors. Read More >>

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New Nano-Suits Can Help Bugs Survive a Space-Like Vacuum

Human space travel comes with a host of problems, not the least of which is our general inability to survive in a vacuum without, you know, dying. But a new technique that's done wonders for fruit fly larvae and could one day lead to the same for humans may have solved that problem. By bombarding larvae with electrons (as seen in the above video), Scientists discovered that they could get by in a vacuum totally unscathed. Read More >>

robots
LG's New Robo Vacs Come When They're Called

One of the biggest joys of owning a dog is that if you spill food on the floor, you can call them over and have it taken care of in no time. And that has to be what inspired the latest version of LG's RoboKing voice-activated vacuum cleaners. Read More >>

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Is the Vacuum of Space Strong Enough to Suck Up the Earth's Oceans?

When you think of the vast emptiness of space, one of the first things to come to mind is probably violent decompression. But is the vacuum of space powerful enough that it could suck out an entire ocean through some sort of gigantic space straw? Read More >>

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Dyson Vacuums: They'll Suck Up Your Fire

Dirt, hairballs, crumbs, small children: Dyson vacuums can triumph over pretty much anything. But there's still that lingering question: what about flames? We all know that feeling when your living room rug spontaneously ignites in a blaze of hellfire right before company comes over. It's the worst. But fret not — YouTube user Photonvids has your solution. [Photonvids via BuzzFeed] Read More >>

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Electrolux's New Vacs Compress the Dust to Boost Their Crud Capacity

Suction power's become an important bullet point when it comes to selling vacuums. But what really matters to consumers is how easy they are to empty. The annoying bags of yesteryear have been replaced with easy to use trapdoor canisters, which now see further improvement with Electrolux's new UltraCaptic cleaners that compress the dust into an easily disposable disc. Read More >>

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Pop-Out Brush Arms Let This Robo Vac Defeat Dusty Corners

As smart as they may be at mapping out their surroundings and cleaning almost every inch of your home's floors, the design of most robot vacuums makes them useless at tackling corners. A failing that Samsung may have just eliminated with its new Smart Tango Corner Clean vacuum that the company will supposedly unveil at CES. Read More >>

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