Last week, we reported that iRobot, the company famous for bringing the Roomba into our homes was looking at selling data pertaining to the internal maps of customers' home. The company's CEO has sent us a statement clarifying iRobot's position.
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The Roomba 900 Series offers a Clean Map Report, which maps your home as it vacuums, improving its movement and telling you how well it cleaned. But to get that map, according to customer service reps, you have to share it with Roomba's creator iRobot. And that gives iRobot permission to give -- or sell -- your map. Which is exactly what iRobot CEO Colin Angle plans to do, as he told Reuters this week.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Both Microsoft and iRobot - the company that went from bomb disposal robots to cleaning your home - are looking at ways to create maps of indoor spaces. While their efforts are taking different paths, it's clear that mapping homes and buildings has huge opportunities but is not without privacy challenges.