Google your home with a roomba

Meet GåågleBot. GåågleBot is a modified roomba that will not only vacuum your home, but collect data while it does it. While it is carrying out its normal duties as a floor cleaner, it will take pictures, collecting and analyzing all the data for later searches.  With built in OCR, you can actually search for things using text strings.

Aside from just carrying out its normal job, you can also remote control it via the web. You can even control theirs!

[via Boing Boing]


  1. alex says:

    lol time to spy on them with their vacuum

  2. dread says:

    This brings to mind:

    Add RFID tag searching or Object recognition!


    I keep waiting for that thing to get run over!

  4. lurker says:

    I’m already sitting on my porch with a shotgun waiting for the streetview van to drive by…Never ceases to amaze me what lengths people will go to to VOLUNTARILY lose eliminate their hopes of privacy.

  5. A troll sits on his porch and says
    “I’m not down with this Street View craze”
    When he went to the can
    He missed his shot at the van
    So there on the internet he stays


  6. J says:

    You never had, and never will have privacy in your front yard. Try this: dance naked in your front lawn on a sunday afternoon (preferably right after local churches get out). Report back on what happens!

  7. Anon says:

    Is actually an image, or pre-recorded data, you can see a hand or some cloth each time you move backward/forward, thus a hoax. The video might be real, but the online-control is a hoax.

  8. deathventure says:

    @anon, pretty sure he wouldn’t want somebody else controlling his bot.

    He put that there as an example to see what it can do.

  9. lurker says:

    Don’t feed the trolls!!!…Which includes me. My point was that I’m in what you cityfolk would call the backwoods, and there’s no reason that google would bring streetview by EXCEPT as a removal of what little privacy is left in this world. I fully understand that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy left with the regards to the “outside” of ones property – What bothers me is that google actively desires to make available to 6 billion people what only a few dozen people even know exists.

    …Before anyone says anything, yes, I’m aware of the existance of satellites – I have in my posession 6 sets of ariel photographs showing the evolution of a property adjacent to mine from a sinkhole to a full-blown swamp since the mid ’60s… The fact that google is saying “yeah, we don’t give a shit” and (will probably at some time) be taking one of the other two dimensions in the future is what bothers me… As I have already said, it’s not the fact that they’re doing it that bothers me, it’s the fact that they’re doing it for the mere purpose of indexing EVERYTHING and don’t give a shit whatsoever about the mere concept of personal rights/privacy/dignity/etc… Look into the googlebooks lawsuits of a few years past and the attitude that google took to court – You’ll see where I’m coming from…

    …So much more to say, but so little motivation to argue with you all (who are probably of my generation, yeah, I’m 22, not 66)… We as a society are more and more williing to voluntarilly divulge what in the not so distant past would have taken a court order to obtain…That, in and of itself, is what bothers me here…

  10. TRB says:

    Off your meds for the day?

  11. Whittler says:

    RFID scans could be added, or barcodes. I’m not sure which route I’d want to go. Barcodes might be cheaper.

  12. Ryan says:

    haha – now instead of “big brother” watching us, we can have the “little brother” helping out! :P

    cool robot. if anyone is intersted in learning more about controlling the roomba via a computer or mobile device – check out this tutorial:

    happy hacking!

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