20 percent of the world’s vacuum cleaners are now robots

❝ Robot vacuums may have once seemed an eccentricity, but they now represent a non-trivial portion of the overall vacuum market – 20 percent worldwide, according to iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle…And Roomba makes up 70 percent of that market, giving iRobot a commanding lead in the space.

Exactly how many robots does that translate to? Over 14 million Roombas sold to date, Angle said, which is a steady business for a consumer product that starts at a price point that tends to be a bit higher than your average human-powered home cleaning hardware.

❝ iRobot’s lead in the market should be easily defensible, Angle says, because the company has a long lead in terms of working on the problem, and because it’s focused on consumer home cleaning products exclusively. iRobot’s become even more focused of late, since the company recently divested itself of its defense and security robotics division and is now focused entirely on the home consumer space.

How long will we continue with individual operating systems for each home electronic assistant – as artificial intelligence becomes more commanding. A deliberate choice, that word. Seems easier to have a centralized house intelligence to run home-based devices. Encrypted and secure from both private and government hackers, of course.

4 thoughts on “20 percent of the world’s vacuum cleaners are now robots

  1. Cassandra says:

    “Two-Thirds Of The Developing World’s Jobs Will Be Taken By Robots, UN Report States” http://all-that-is-interesting.com/robots-jobs “…The West isn’t immune to this reality either. Robots could replace 1.7 million American truckers within the next decade, which is significant considering that trucking is one of the last blue-collar jobs capable of offering a middle class salary ($42,500 per year on average). “We are going to see a wave and an acceleration in automation, and it will affect job markets,” said Jerry Kaplan, a Stanford lecturer and robotic automation expert to the Los Angeles Times { http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-fi-automated-trucks-labor-20160924/ }. “Long-haul truck driving is a great example, where there isn’t much judgment involved and it’s a fairly controlled environment. If you can get rid of the drivers, those people are out of jobs, but the cost of moving all those goods goes down significantly.”
    In short: Fewer jobs in developing countries, fewer jobs in the West, and corporations will make more and more money.”

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