Roomba iRobot’s Smart Cleaner: Now with Amazon Alexa’s Voice Feature Command [VIDEO]
iRobot announced that Amazon Alexa's voice command features will now be available for the cleaner Roomba 900 Series. Roomba's integration with Alexa also gives its users a highlight on what part of the house is most cleaned and which part is the dirtiest.
Colin Angle, Chairman, and CEO of iRobot Company have high hopes for Roomba's role in the future of smart home features. He said in an article by The Verge that Roomba's collaboration with Alexa is an exciting leap in the company's vision of a home where robots work for the home ecosystem which makes it a smart home.
In an interview with the TechCrunch, the iRobot's CEO expects that his visions for the company and its developments be optimized into reality in single digit years.
The user can just say, "Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning," and Roomba then follows on the command. It is also sensitive for commands such as stop, pause the cleaning and start- all the new improvements now with Amazon's integration that makes it all the more easier to do the job.
Roomba owners will be receiving maps for a coordinate on what parts of the house need cleaning, as well as those that is spotless. In the map, the dirtiest will be marked with a plus sign and Roomba's will allow extra cleaning time on those spots.
An application for this new feature is available for download on iOS and android and will be launched in Spring. The iRobot company also reminds its patrons that Roomba's integration with Alexa is limited for 900 series only, which costs about $700- $900, and not with the other series types of the cleaner with a price ranging from $500 or less.
iRobot's Roomba is not the only tech company that has made use of Alexa's features. Neato also released a software that could control their Botvac robots with the use of Alexa's commands. December this year, Samsung is also set to present a vacuum robot to the public.