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Roomba maker iRobot plans to sell digital maps of your home

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While iRobot may have originated as a bomb-disposal robot maker at MIT in 1990, the company is probably better known as a robot vacuum company. The CEO of iRobot, Colin Angle, tells Reuters that the "smart" home lighting, thermostats and security cameras currently on the market are all still pretty dumb when it comes to knowing what your home layout is. He also said that his company is working to sell the data in the next few years. In addition, it's believable that some consumers won't like the idea of iRobot selling their data to other companies who don't have the same commitment to user data security.


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

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All robovacs use short-range infrared or laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, but iRobot added a camera, new sensors and software to Roombas in 2015 to give them the ability to map while they clean. So far investors have cheered Angle's plans, sending iRobot stock soaring to $102 in mid-June from $35 a year ago, giving it a market value of nearly $2.5 billion on 2016 revenue of $660 million. So far investors have cheered Angle's plans, sending iRobot stock soaring to $102 in mid-June from $35 a year ago, giving it a market value of nearly $2.5 billion on 2016 revenue of $660 million But there are headwinds for iRobot's approach, ranging from privacy concerns to a rising group of mostly cheaper competitors - such as the $300 Bissell SmartClean and the $270 Hoover Quest 600 - which are threatening to turn a once-futuristic product into a commoditized home appliance. All robovacs use short-range infrared or laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, but iRobot in 2015 added a camera, new sensors and software to its flagship 900-series Roomba that gave it the ability to build a map while keeping track of their own location within it.


Roomba Vacuum Maker IRobot Betting Big on the 'Smart' Home

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That data is of the spatial variety: the dimensions of a room as well as distances between sofas, tables, lamps and other home furnishings. To a tech industry eager to push "smart" homes controlled by a variety of Internet-enabled devices, that space is the next frontier.


AI cybersecurity startup Darktrace scores $75m, now valued at $850m

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Cambridge-based Darktrace, backed by one-time Autonomy chief exec Mike Lynch, uses machine learning and AI technology to protect corporate networks against cyber threats through what it markets as an "Enterprise Immune System". Last year's funds were used to drive this growth, but this latest investment is reportedly being put towards Latin America and Asia Pacific, as Darktrace continues to fulfil its global ambitions." In a statement, Darktrace said it now has over 3,000 deployments worldwide, across all industry sectors, including global financial companies, telecommunications providers, media firms, retailers, healthcare providers, government agencies and critical national infrastructure facilities. Darktrace claims that its technology is the only machine learning technology to "detect and fight against in-progress threats in real time".


Scientists are now using Wi-Fi to read human emotions

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Scientists at MIT are using Wi-Fi and AI to determine your emotional state. Without that tether, EQ Radio can't make assumptions about your heartbeat. The AI behind EQ Radio could figure out that you're stressed and cue the music without you even knowing you needed it. There's probably a pretty sizable market for parents as well – does your current router provide real-time EKG quality information about your sleeping newborn?


artificial intelligence COINTELPRO & the Truth About Organized Stalking & 21st Century Torture

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"Frey found that human subjects exposed to 1310 MHz and 2982 MHz microwaves at average power densities of 0.4 to 2 mW/cm2 perceived auditory sensations described as buzzing or knocking sounds. Pulsed microwave voice-to-skull (or other-sound-to-skull) transmission was discovered during World War II by radar technicians who found they could hear the buzz of the train of pulses being transmitted by radar equipment they were working on. A spread spectrum signal received on a spectrum analyzer appears as just more "static" or noise. In 1975, researcher A. W. Guy stated that "one of the most widely observed and accepted biologic effects of low average power electromagnetic energy is the auditory sensation evoked in man when exposed to pulsed microwaves."


The Wirecutter's best deals: Google Home and Philips Hue bundles drop by $70

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This bundle offers two of our picks, the Google Home Speaker and the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter kit, for $230, an excellent deal. The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit is our pick for the best smart LED light bulbs. Grant Clauser writes, "Philips Hue is not just a smart bulb; it's a whole smart system. This is an excellent deal on these refurbished noise cancelling headphones, which typically cost $350 new.


IBM Revamps Computer Network Unit around Watson Artificial Intelligence - TechiExpert

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Such is the case with IBM as they are restructuring Global Technology Services division based on the recent surge of artificial intelligence or AI. This feature, powered by Watson, may help the platform gain some inches in the network infrastructure market as IBM understands that relying on older products such as OS or computer will not be enough and it has to invest heavily on products such as cloud and AI which are gaining leagues in the market. There are quite a few competitors out there such as Microsoft, Cisco as well as Google who are taking big strides in the world of artificial intelligence and promoting automation heavily across servers and customer bases so that networks become faster. In fact, Microsoft's recent layoff strategy to reorganize the Salesforce to focus more than ever on cloud and AI is indicative of these shifts.


Microsoft takes on Nest with a Cortana-based thermostat

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Microsoft isn't content to let Amazon or Alphabet dictate the future of the smart home. The software giant has unveiled a smart thermostat from Johnson Controls, GLAS, that promises to one-up what you see from the likes of Nest. The slick-looking control packs both a translucent touchscreen and, more importantly, Cortana voice controls -- you don't have to talk to a speaker or your phone to change the temperature. Neither Microsoft nor Johnson Controls has said anything at this point (we're reaching out), but it's safe to say this will cost more than your average home climate controller.


Our favorite affordable smart plug is at a new low price right now

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Smart home devices can make everyday tasks easier, leaving more time and energy for other more important aspects of your life. If you're looking for ways to enjoy a slice of the smart home pie without parting with all of your hard-earned money, I highly recommend a smart plug like the TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug. You can control this smart plug from your phone, making it a breeze to fire up your a/c on the way home or turn on lights while you're on vacation (and it's much cheaper than a smart air conditioner or smart light setup). But if you're more concerned with the aesthetics of controlling a device from your phone or home assistant than with reducing your energy consumption, there's a version without the green feature for only $25.