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Besides picking up dust and stray Cheerios, your robotic cleaning pal, Roomba, has also been busy learning the intimate details of your home. Now iRobot, the maker of Roomba, has plans to use that data to create smarter homes.
The Roomba 980 is the first model equipped with WiFi connectivity and it has been putting that feature to good use by slowly mapping out the layout of your house while it cleans. That mapping technology could be the key to making smart home devices, like lighting, security cameras and thermostats function better according to iRobot Chief Executive Colin Angle. “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,” Angle told Reuters.
The company has plans to sell the data it has collected mapping millions of customers homes. The information sales could face some issues of privacy, but Angle explains that it won’t be sold without users permission and the benefits far outweigh any cons. Mapping data can help other smart devices better understand your home environment and adjust their functions, like changing temperatures only in specific rooms, with much more accuracy.
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