Wednesday, 26 July 2017

I Had Never Heard Of Roomba,

vacuum cleaners,

until now, it appears that the Roomba cleaner silently and with out direction cleans your room for you, they have been around since 2002 when they were first introduce, but since 2015 they have been silently working in other unforeseen ways, Your Roomba has been gathering information about your home, mapping out the shape and size of your rooms and the objects in them, this data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner, here are some ideas of how the data could be used, if a company like Amazon, for example, wanted to improve its Echo smart speaker, the Roomba’s mapping info could certainly help out, spatial mapping could improve audio performance by taking advantage of the room’s acoustics, do you have a large room that’s practically empty? Targeted furniture ads might be quite effective, the laser and camera sensors would paint a nice portrait for lighting needs that would factor into smart lights that adjust in real time, smart AC units could better control airflow, 

additional sensors added in the future would gather even more data from this live-in double agent, what is to stop voice recording and even pictures or video being recorded in the future? how would you know? and remember, all of iRobot’s Roombas use short-range infrared or laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, but this is the big one, in 2015 iRobot added a camera, new sensors and software to its flagship 900-series Roomba, so the camera is already there! Colin Angle, chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot Corp (IRBT.O), 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, Amazon declined to comment, and Apple and Google did not respond to requests for comment,

and I thought the comic above was a joke!

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