Not Just Voice Control, iRobot Joined the Amazon Alexa Family

(Last Updated On: March 24, 2017)

As early as the rise of the smart home and robot vacuum cleaners, the United States professional robot manufacturer iRobot Roomba series sweeping robot has become a pioneer in the future home market. However, with the emergence of a large number of new things and smart home appliances, iRobot began to lose the advantage in this field.

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It is a very regrettable thing that iRobt Roomba series has not been a complete set of smart home system. iRobot CEO Cilin Angle has said that iRobot has such idea for a long time. To meet the wishes of iRobot, Amazon Alexa like Santa Claus came. But iRobot is late now, Samsung has announced that POWERbot VR7000 support amazon alexa at CES:

In order to maintain the competitive advantage of the Roomba series robot vacuum, integration of well-known Alexa intelligent voice assistant to the company’s high-end Roomba 900 series. This also means that the robot can be turned on or off through the user voice, “Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning”. Of course, the user can also be Roomba corresponding mobile applications to start, pause or stop manual operation.

In addition, in order to ensure that Roomba will not be lazy, after each cleaning, Roomba mobile phone applications will also add a new feature, “clean map”. In addition to the display in the home cleaning robot path, some degree of dirty cleaning area will be marked, allowing users to understand the need to focus on cleaning the region, in order to carry out manual cleaning in the days after can be more targeted.

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At present, the combination of iRobot and Alexa is in the experimental stage, the user can give the robot vacuum direct orders through the Echo, including the beginning of cleaning and return charge. Map recognition function will also point out what place the robot keep sweeping for a long time, which may be the most dirty place of the home, and give this information back to the Alexa. When the Alexa learn such information later,  will make the process more efficient and targeted.

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Information feedback based on the entire room will allow Alexa to learn more information about the user’s habits in order to gain a better understanding of the user’s habits. Of course, it is not enough if only iRobot and Alexa are connected, so in the days after the purchase home appliances which support Alexa voice control, also seems to be a bottomless pit.


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