While smart home appliances continue to enter the market, concerns over security and privacy have not waned. The latest example of smart home vulnerabilities within the housewares industry involved LG Electronics’ robotic vacuums and other smart home appliances.
iRobot continues to gain in 2017, reporting revenue growth of $205.4 million for the third quarter ended September 30, compared with $168.6 million for the third quarter of 2016.
Samsung has introduced new limited edition “Star Wars” versions of its Powerbot robotic vacuum cleaner, model VR7000. The result of a collaboration between Samsung and Star Wars fans, the vacuum designs are intended to captivate fans in anticipation of the December release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Samsung has appointed Tim Baxter to the position of president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America, effective immediately.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain robotic vacuum cleaning devices and components based on a complaint filed by iRobot Corporation, according to the company. The complaint, filed April 18 by iRobot, alleges infringement of six U.S. patents against several robotic vacuum manufacturers.
iRobot has extended the availability of its cloud-connected cleaning with the launch of the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690 WiFi connected vacuuming robots. The company has also launched an Amazon Alexa skill for U.S. customers of WiFi connected Roomba robotic vacuums.
Neato Robotics has integrated Google Assistant on Google Home within its connected lineup of robotic vacuums. The integration further expands technical capabilities and ensures that Neato is fully integrated into the smart connected home, the company said.