Roomba now tracks messy areas in your home

  • Roomba now tracks messy areas in your home

Roomba now tracks messy areas in your home

IRobot announced today that an Amazon Alexa skill will be available for Roomba 900 Series vacuum owners in the United States starting sometime in quarter 2. Clean Map reports, available in the app's History tab, make these maps interactive (you can zoom and pan from room to room) visible to customers after a cleaning job is complete. That means yelling "Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning" will be enough to get your vacuum robot going.

iRobot is bringing Amazon Alexa integration to its high-end vacuuming robots with a hefty dose of analytics via an app update that will provide post-cleaning maps as well as total space cleaned.

iRobot, the company behind Roomba, on Wednesday announced that its robotic vacuum cleaner now plays nice with Amazon's virtual assistant, which powers the company's Echo speakers.

While the Roomba cruises the floors, you should be looking at the menu on Grubhub and ordering some food, because that online takeout service has also added an Alexa skill to ease the communication process.

iRobot's Roomba 900 Series build maps via navigation tools and visual localization. The update to the iRobot HOME App also includes push notifications that will alert users on job status, including when the robot is finished cleaning. Customers will be able to use simple voice commands to start, stop, and pause cleaning jobs, all without the minimal amounts of effort previously required to operate their Roombas.

"iRobot is aggressively pursuing opportunities within the connected home to improve our customers' experience with our cleaning robots", Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot, said in a news release.

iRobot sees the new features as a step closer to a future when a variety of robots work together to enable smarter homes.

The new Roomba Alexa skill will be available sometime in the second quarter but only for U.S. customers.

The update is available for download right now worldwide for iOS and Android users.