Is Your Roomba Spying on You?
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Posted by: ACEDS Marketing Team
Extract from Melissa Massello's article "Is Your Roomba Spying on You?"
Ever feel like somebody's always watching you? That could be because new reports show that our technology is, actually, spying on us — including our fancy new vacuums.
It's not just our pets who have reason to be skeptical of our Roombas anymore — new announcements by the company's parent company, iRobot, show that their current business strategy is to collect spatial data (home floor plans and more) from their customers… "with consent."
"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," iRobot CEO Colin Angle told Reuters.
And that vision has its fans, from investors to the likes of Amazon.com, Apple and Alphabet/Google who are all pushing artificially intelligent voice assistants as smart home interfaces. According to financial research firm IHS Markit, the market for smart home devices was $9.8 billion in 2016 and projected to grow by 60 percent this year, which may account for why iRobot's stock has soared since the announcement.
Read the full article here