The idea of robots cleaning our homes was the stuff of science fiction just a decade ago. Now, anyone who’s ever seen a Roomba zigzag across a room knows that the days of #SmartRoombas are upon us. Latest #RoboVac offerings from Samsung/iRobot/LG & many others offer IoT functionality, with app control that allows users to steer their RoboVacs like remote control cars.

As of the end of 2017, we’re still a hair shy of full CleanApp-type functionality in the home, but RoboVac manufacturers & app developers are inching closer and closer.

But despite impressive advances, there are still a lot of hurdles we must overcome before we get robots picking up dirty laundry, sorting and cleaning Legos the kiddos forgot to cleanup, and cleaning refrigerators.

Today, the biggest challenge facing widespread adoption of domestic bots is not technical, but concerns human behaviors and expectations.

Humans want the conveniences CleanBots offer, but are also extremely concerned about privacy. They may be fine sending CleanApp reports through Alexa, like “Alexa, CleanApp the cat food Moxie spilled everywhere,” but for the overwhelming majority of people, those voice commands, photos, videos, and Snaps of dirt in our homes is extremely sensitive information. They’re quite literally our dirty laundry.

For CleanApp, privacy concerns are paramount. We’re all for pushing the envelope when it comes to CleanTech and CleanApp + CleanBot integration, but the home is sacred, and we intend to keep it that way.

You’ll be able to learn more about our proposed open-source anonymity/non-attribution/randomization algorithms when we release our 2018 CleanApp White Paper in a few months. Until then, we welcome your input & ideas for how to maximize utility while safeguarding privacy in our most intimate CleanApp spaces: our cars, fridges, bathrooms, bedrooms, and Nests.