Google wants to improve your smart home with iRobot’s room maps

The two companies are working together to leverage spatial data generated by iRobot’s robovacs

Google and iRobot have announced they’re working together to improve smart home technology using mapping data collected by iRobot’s robot vacuums. The two companies say the aim is to make smart homes “more thoughtful” by leveraging the unique dataset collected by iRobot: maps of customers’ homes.

iRobot’s latest Roomba, the i7+, creates maps using a combination of odometry data (measuring how far the robovac’s wheels move) and low-res camera imagery. The resulting maps can be used to create custom cleaning schedules or to let users ask their Roomba to vacuum specific rooms. An integration with Google Assistant lets customers give verbal commands like, “OK Google, tell Roomba to clean the kitchen.”


Google and iRobot say this data will be useful for other smart home devices. The maps could be used to locate products like Wi-Fi-connected lighting, for example, automatically assigning names and locations to lights in customers’ bedroom, kitchen, and so on.

iRobot CEO Colin Angle told The Verge that the collaboration lays the foundations for future smart homes. “This idea is that when you say, ‘OK Google, turn the lights on in the kitchen,’ you need to know what lights are in the kitchen. And if I say, ‘OK future iRobot robot with an arm, go get me a beer,’ it needs to know where the kitchen and the refrigerator are.”

Google’s Michelle Turner, director of the company’s smart home ecosystem, says the dream is not just to create a smart home, but a “thoughtful home” that requires less input from users and adapts to their wants and needs. “We think a thoughtful home has context,” says Turner, “and that is something that iRobot has done an exceptional job on.”

The idea of Google collecting data about the physical layout of users’ homes will be justifiably unsettling to some. Although Google doesn’t have as bad of a reputation for data leaks and breaches as Facebook, it’s still had a number of serious lapses. Just this month, for example, the company admitted it had exposed the personal data of around 500,000 Google+ users, leading to the closure of the platform. It also announced it was reviewing access to Gmail by third-party companies after it was revealed that many developers were reading and analyzing users’ personal mail for marketing and data mining.

Turner stressed that any spatial information shared by iRobot would not be used in Google’s lucrative ad-targeting business. “This data doesn’t help current Google products,” says Turner. “This data is not getting fed into some larger morass of Google information.”

iRobot has also said in the past that it only wants to use spatial data collected by its devices to make smart products easier to use. Maps of users’ homes created by the Roomba i7+ are sent to the company’s servers via Wi-Fi, but the low-res images used to make these maps (which mostly capture vague areas of light and shade) stay on the device.

Angle stresses that sharing this information is also voluntary. “If we can help the Google ecosystem to have a better understanding of the home — with full permission of the users, and the full ability to back out — then it might be that owning a Roomba makes your smart home smarter,” he says. “Or even more thoughtful.”

Watch Video: Bride-to-be Priyanka Chopra dances at her bridal shower at the Tiffany & Co. Blue Box Cafe in New York City

Priyanka Chopra held her bridal shower at Tiffany & Co. Blue Box Cafe in New York City, on Sunday, October 28, ahead of her December wedding with fiancé Nick Jonas. Priyanka can be seen dancing with her mother Dr Madhu Chopra and posing with the ladies of the Chopra and Jonas households, including Madhu and Nick’s mother. There’s also a picture of Priyanka with Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o. The first pre-wedding event hosted by Priyanka’s close friends was attended by Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Ripa among others.

Thanking filmmaker Mubina Rattonsey and her manager Anjula Acharia for the gorgeous bridal shower, Priyanka wrote on Instagram: “Love, laughter and a room full of amazing ladies...and some special gentlemen (what a special surprise)! Thank you so much @mubinarattonsey and @anjula_acharia for throwing me such a memorable bridal shower that broke all the rules! My amazing friends and family who made me feel so special and loved, thank you. And to top it off @tiffanyandco Perfect! Here’s sharing it with you....” She later shared a video where she can be seen dancing with her mother Madhu Chopra and mother-in-law Denise Richards and other friends.

In the video, we see Priyanka is in a jubilant mood, dancing her heart out. She is surrounded by her friends and family. Beaming with happiness, the actor was seen in a figure-hugging white strapless gown with a slim diamond necklace.

Video: Priyanka Chopra Dance With Her Mother And Mother In Law At Bridal Shower





Needless to say the pictures have been liked by Nick though he wasn’t there. According to a report in PEOPLE, Nick was travelling and hence couldn’t attend the bridal shower. Quoting a source, the report said: “Nick couldn’t attend because he was travelling, but both Priyanka and Nick’s moms were there. Kevin Jonas Sr. and [Nick’s older brother] Kevin Jonas also attended, and were the only guys there. Both families seemed genuinely excited. They’re in love!” They also danced to a number of hit Bollywood songs.

On the wedding ceremony front, Priyanka has been putting together a grand function to be held at the Mehrangarh Fort, say latest reports. On a visit to India in October for the shoot of her upcoming film, The Sky Is Pink, Priyanka and Nick made a quick trip to Jodhpur as well.













Priyanka and Nick first met at the annual Met Gala in 2017, where they both walked for designer Ralph Lauren. Tabloids were quick to speculate that they were a couple. However, speaking to Jimmy Fallon much later, Nick revealed that nothing really happened at Met Gala and that they were just friends who stayed in touch after the event. However, things changed when they met few months later. They realised that they shared a deep connect and began dating.

Some time earlier this year, Nick proposed to Priyanka in London, which she accepted. Later, they formalised their relationship at a roka ceremony in Mumbai in August this year. Ever since, the couple has been hogging the limelight and their intercontinental romance has attracted much media attention globally.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh confirm November wedding, announce Wedding date on Twitter

The Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh wedding date is out; the couple on Twitter announced they will be married on November 14-15. Bollywood celebs were quick to say, ‘Badhaai Ho’. The actors began dating on the sets of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela.

After months of speculation, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have confirmed that they will get married on November 14 and 15. The couple shared a joint wedding announcement on Twitter on Sunday; wedding venue has not been revealed yet. “We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty, friendship and togetherness,” they wrote on Twitter.


Ranveer and Deepika shared the announcement in Hindi and English, ending months of will-they-won’t they. Here is Ranveer and Deepika’s wedding announcement...

“With the blessings of our families, gives us immense joy in sharing that our wedding is set to take place on the 14th and 15th of November, 2018.

We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty, friendship and togetherness.

Lots of love,

Deepika and Ranveer”


Deepika and Ranveer began dating on the sets of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela. They have remained tight-lipped about their relationship in all these years but began putting up frequent displays of affection on social media over the last few months.

The rumours of their wedding gained steam when they were recently spotted in Italy together, presumed to be location hunting for the wedding. At Hindustan Times Leadership Summit recently, while answering a question regarding their rumoured wedding, Ranveer had said that they would reveal their wedding date as and when it happens. “You are seeing this everyday, including details about the colour of my sherwani and wedding gifts. But, when there is something, you will be the first to know,” the actor said.

At the same event, Deepika spoke about her first impression of Ranveer. She said that she watched Ranveer’s debut film, Band Baja Baarat, and remembers having a conversation about him with her then agent. Deepika’s agent was convinced that Ranveer was destined to become a huge star, to which she said, “I’m not so sure.”

“He’s not my type,” Deepika remembers saying, to which the audience gasped in shock. But she saved the situation when she spoke about her admiration for him as an actor. “I didn’t realise he was a Bombay boy, he was so flawless in that film. I thought he was from Delhi. It’s one of my favourite films of his,” she said.

Industry friends of the actor couple congratulated them on Twitter. Among the first few were Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Tiger Shroff, Sonam Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin. While Karan wrote “Badhai Ho,” Alia said “Congratulations Tutu.” Bhuvan Bam referenced Ranveer’s upcoming film Simbaa as he wrote, “Congratulations Simba and Nala.”

An Interview of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

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