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Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home, Collecting Data That Could Be Shared - New York Times

Your Roomba may be vacuuming up more than you think. High-end models of Roomba, iRobot's robotic vacuum, collect data as they clean, identifying the locations of your walls and furniture. This helps them avoid crashing into your couch, but it also ...and more »

iRobot's CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns arise - TechCrunch

iRobot CEO Colin Angle has been talking about his company's plans to map user homes with the Roomba for a while now, but a recently published Reuters interview has raised a number of new privacy concerns. Of particular note is a bit where the executive ...and more »

Roomba maker may share maps of users' homes with Google, Amazon or Apple - The Guardian

iRobot's Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners could soon be sharing the maps of users' homes they make as they clean with Amazon, Apple or Google, among others. Photograph: Reuters. The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot, has found itself embroiled ...and more »

Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home - Reuters

iRobot CEO Colin Angle is pictured at iRobot Shanghai office in Shanghai, China, May 16, 2017. Picture taken on May 16, 2017. Courtesy iRobot/Handout via REUTERS. By Jan Wolfe. (Reuters) - The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for ...and more »

While it's vacuuming your dirt, Roomba also collects data on you: Next, it could be sold - The Seattle Times

Pictured is the Roomba 880. High-end versions of the device collect data to avoid colliding with house objects, and create a house map that may be sold. (HANDOUT/NYT). High-end models of Roomba, iRobot's robotic vacuum, collect data as they clean ...and more »

The Roomba Could Soon Invade Your Privacy: iRobot Wants To Sell Your Home's Maps - Tech Times

The Roomba, the beloved robotic vacuum, may soon invade the privacy of users as its maker iRobot is planning to sell mapping data of homes to tech companies. Apple, Google, and Amazon are just a few of the companies that may benefit from acquiring home ...and more »

Your Roomba Is Also Gathering Data about the Layout of Your Home - MIT Technology Review

The CEO of iRobot is pushing the company toward a broader vision of the smart home. It could soon sell maps of the interiors of people's houses. by Michael Reilly; July 25, 2017. If you're a cute little robotic vacuum, there's good reason to have a map ...and more »

Roomba developer iRobot looking to sell owner's room data to Apple to bolster HomeKit - AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Home automation company iRobot is looking at mapping user's houses with permission using newer version of the Roomba, and selling that data to Apple, Amazon, and Google. According to a report on Monday by Reuters, the new Roomba will measure the ...and more »

Softbank reportedly investing in iRobot; shares soaring - Boston Business Journal

Bedford-based iRobot Corp. has seen its stock price soar nearly more than 20 percent this week thanks to a strong second quarter earnings report on Tuesday and the news that it's acquiring its European distribution partner. Bloomberg also reported on ...and more »

Update: Your Roomba Is Not Selling Your Data - Architectural Digest

UPDATE: Last week, a report in Reuters suggested that iRobot, manufacturer of the popular robo-vacuum Roomba, was considering selling customer data to companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon. However, the company claims that CEO Colin Angle's words ...and more »