The company behind the Roomba vacuum, iRobot, has grand plans for its robot cleaners. While two Roomba models are now mapping the interiors of homes to more efficiently hoover up dust and dirt, those intimate maps, the company hopes, could soon be sold as personalized, data-rich products to giant tech companies, seizing a bigger role in the burgeoning market for “smart” devices in the Web-connected household.
"Dust Isn't the Only Thing Your Roomba Is Sucking Up. It's Also Gathering Maps of Your House." is from the July 25, 2017 The Switch section of The Washington Post. It was written by Hamza Shaban and narrated by Sam Scholl.