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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Irobot roomba mapping data sharing

The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt ,That data is of the spatial variety: The dimensions of a room as well as distances between sofas, tables, lamps and other home furnishings this mapping technology currently guiding top-end Roomba models & this information will enable the smart home and the devices within it to work better."There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," said Angle.
Roombas have been been on the market since 2002, and since 2015 they've been mapping homes using a camera and sensors or visual localization and cloud-connected app control to have a better sense of how to operate , in the future ,iRobot, creator of the Roomba, hopes to sell the mapping data its house-cleaning robots collect  to tech companies.
“they are still dumb when it comes to understanding their physical environment. He thinks the mapping technology currently guiding top-end Roomba models could change that and is basing the company's strategy on it”Colin Angle says

When signing up for the company’s Home app, which connects to its smart robots, customers have to agree to a privacy policy that states that it can share personal information with subsidiaries, third party vendors, and the government, as well as in connection with “any company transaction” such as a merger or external investment ,also, Angle told Reuters that iRobot, which made Roomba compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant in March, could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three in the next couple of years.

While promising, some customers may find the data collection less than beneficial to their sense of privacy, especially since iRobot appears to be interested in selling said data to the highest bidder ,which Angle says the company acknowledges. “iRobot takes privacy and security of its customers very seriously,” he said. “We do hope to extract value from the information, but would only do so with the permission of our customers.

Apple, Google, and Amazon are the companies that may benefit from acquiring home mapping data, knowing how the homes of its users look like will allow the companies to customize the experiences offered by the devices accordingly ,In the future,with your permission, this information will enable the smart home and the devices within it to work better ,other benefit for tech companies, if placed within a room with not much furniture in it, could suggest purchases to fill up the space.

Amazon, Apple and Alphabet, showing artificially intelligent voice assistants as smart-home interfaces. According to financial research , the market for smart-home devices was worth $9.8 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow 60 percent this year , The plans have been received positively by investors, sending iRobot’s stock soaring to $102 in mid-June from $35 a year ago and giving it a market value of nearly $2.5bn on 2016 revenue of $660m.

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