Move over, Roomba. There's a new mini-vacuum set to buzz around and clean up homes across the pond this spring: the Samsung Navibot.
Making its debut across Europe first (no word on a North American release yet), Samsung's Navibot has been in development for awhile, and after some positive reviews in Italy, the whole continent can get their hands on one this April.
Using a camera-based system Samsung has developed called, “Visionary Mapping," the Navibot shoots photos at 30 fps of the room, creating a map and the quickest and most efficient cleaning route possible. The robot vacuum has five power modes: Auto, Max, Manual, Spot and Edge Clean. You can also set a timer if you'd rather the Navibot did its job after you've left the room.
Pricing starts at €399 ($544) for the basic version with one Virtual Guard, or buyers can choose to go straight for the €499 ($680) version with two Virtual Guards and touch-sensitive buttons. I'd really love to get one of these superfluous gadgets, but I'm still too cheap to even buy a new broom.