Colin angle, CEO of iRobot, which created the automated vacuum cleaner Roomba, told Reuters that it plans to «share» or «sell» the plans of the houses of their users, composed according to the pattern of motion of their vacuum cleaners.
Recent models of Roomba vacuum cleaners, use technology, SLAM, allowing them to map each room and note the floor plan and furniture arrangement.
According to Engle, the data collected by the robot, can be used to create other «smart» devices — thermostats, lighting and security cameras.
Therefore, the management iRobot intends to share data collected by their robots, with companies that develop ‘smart’ houses — Google, Amazon and Apple.
In March of this year, iRobot has developed in recent versions of «Rumba» which makes possible «communication» cleaner «personal assistant» Amazon — Alexa.
According to angle, iRobot in the next few years can make a deal for the sale of plans of houses with one or more of the above corporations.
Voiced by Engle, the plan was warmly approved by the investors and shares of iRobot soared. However, lawyers dealing with consumer rights, questioning the legality of such a transaction, because selling information on homes user gets is the trade in personal information.
The CEO of iRobot stresses that will not sell customers ‘ data without their permission.
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