There's Finally a Robot Mop and Vacuum That Cleans Itself

Narwal
Narwal

Using a robotic vacuum and mop is preferable to cleaning floors yourself, but the most popular versions of such products still leave room for improvement. Narwal, an automated mop-and-vacuum hybrid raising money on Kickstarter, reimagines the old design by adding a self-cleaning station that makes homes cleaner and creates less work for you.

In addition to sucking up debris from floors, Narwal scrubs them clean. The device features two rounded mops that spin to remove tough stains and sop up liquids. While most robotic mops just spread dirty water around your home, the Narwal knows when it needs to be cleaned. Multiple times throughout a cleaning session, it returns to its station to be washed, rinsed, dried, and switch out its dirty water for fresh liquid. When it's done mopping, the bottom of the mop pads will be just as clean as your floors.

The Narwal system also boasts impressive technical features that make cleaning as hands-off as possible. Instead of programming a cleaning path every time you want to use it, Narwal remembers the map of your home and uses LIDAR to navigate around objects. You can also customize its cleaning style before assigning it to rooms that have different floor types or varying levels of dirt.

The self-cleaning robot vacuum and mop raised $100,000 in its first two hours on Kickstarter, greatly surpassing its initial $30,000 goal. Narwal is available for a pledge of $549 or more until the campaign ends on May 31, with shipping set for September.

Self-cleaning robot vacuum and mop.
Narwal

This Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure Comes Complete with Removable Ears

Today Is Art Day, Amazon
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Historians still don’t know how Vincent van Gogh lost his left ear, or for that matter, how much of it was actually lopped off. However, as Bored Panda reports, Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun and created a mini van Gogh action figure, complete with two completely detachable ears.

Today Is Art Day developed a prototype of the 5-inch PVC figurine back in 2017, and to bring it to the art-loving masses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Backers who contributed $28 Canadian dollars (around $21 USD) scored their own van Gogh action figure.

A van Gogh action figure next to a miniature 'Starry Night' painting
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

A boxed Vincent van Gogh action figure
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Fans who missed out on the Kickstarter the first time around can buy one on Amazon now for $24. He even comes in a box decorated with miniature, cut-out replicas of his Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889).

Today Is Art Day has since branched out to produce a whole host of other figurines based on famous icons, from other artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt to scientific luminaries like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein.

[h/t Bored Panda]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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Put Summer in Hyperdrive With This Millennium Falcon Pool Float

SwimWays, Amazon
SwimWays, Amazon

If you're not as adventurous as Han Solo, you can take a ride on the Millennium Falcon from the comfort of your backyard pool. This Star Wars-themed pool float from SwimWays is modeled after the iconic spaceship from the movie franchise, and instead of flying at hyperdrive speeds, it's designed to drift through the water on leisurely summer days.

Measuring 5 feet long and 3.8 feet wide, the inflatable spacecraft is the perfect size to hold one passenger, either an adult or a child age 5 or older. It's also durable, with heavy-duty PVC material that's strong enough to withstand attacks from the Dark Side.

The float is just as fun at pool parties as it is on solitary days of relaxation. If you're planning a Star Wars-themed party this summer, SwimWays makes more pool accessories inspired by the series, including a Death Star beach ball, lightsaber dive sticks, and a BB-8 pool toy.

The Millennium Falcon pool float is available for $22 from Walmart. It's currently out of stock on Amazon (where it's listed for the same price), but it's set to ship again starting June 18, so you don't have long to wait if you prefer Prime shipping.

Star Wars-themed pool float in box.
SwimWays, Amazon

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