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

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt. 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. Smart home lighting, thermostats and security cameras are already on the market, but Colin Angle, chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot Corp, says they are still dumb when it comes to understanding their physical environment. He thinks the mapping technology currently guiding top-end Roomba models could change that and is basing the company's strategy on it.


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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. Smart home lighting, thermostats and security cameras are already on the market, but Colin Angle, chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot Corp (IRBT.O), says they are still dumb when it comes to understanding their physical environment. He thinks the mapping technology currently guiding top-end Roomba models could change that and is basing the company's strategy on it. "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," said Angle.



SharkNinja, Dyson end legal battle over advertising claims

U.S. News

A Dyson, left, and SharkNinja cleaning heads from an upright vacuum are positioned together at the evacuumstore.com Dyson and SharkNinja, fierce competitors in the U.S. vacuum cleaner market, have settled a bitter legal dispute. The two companies were to have duked it out in federal court over advertising campaigns in which each claimed their vacuums had the best suction or cleaned better.