Robot vacuum sucks up home’s secrets

Roomba robot collects both dust and data

Robot vacuum cleaner company Roomba is sweeping up more than dust when it scoots round your rooms; its chief executive has admitted the robot is also collecting data on the house and its equipment – which he is planning to sell to companies such as Amazon or Google.

When first on the market the Roomba was limited to little more than being able to avoid obstacles in the house and then return to its base after cleaning the floor. Now it is able to make its own computerised map of the houses, flats and rooms that it cleans.

It uses a technology called ‘Simultaneous Localization and ...

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