Remember Roomba, the clever robot cleaner? Well, it appears that having your house squeaky clean will be easier, thanks to Amazon’s Alexa. iRobot, the company behind Roomba, the first Droid cleaner, has just announced that all Roomba models, starting with the 900 series, can be paired with Amazon’s voice-driven virtual assistant, Alexa.
You’re probably wondering what’s Roomba have to do with Amazon’s Alexa. Well, as a matter of fact, the odd pairing is just what you’ll need in order to get your house all cleaned up without having to lift a finger.
Remember how Roomba works? You have to go all the way over to the little guy, turn him on, and return him to this place once his job is done. But what if I told you that there’s an ever easier one to interact with the intelligent house cleaner?
According to iRobot’s latest statements, Roomba has received some pretty neat updates, including one that will make cleaning even less frustrating. Thanks to the company’s initiative to integrate Roomba’s commands into Alexa’s skills library, you will now be able to take control of the cleaning droid using only your voice.
So, how does this work? Well, instead of manually turning on the cleaning drone, you can literally tell Alexa to wake up Roomba and to get to work. The results are purely astounding – within a matter of seconds, the robotic housecleaner will spring to life and will start cleaning up your house. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? But wait, it gets even better.
Apart from the Alexa integration feature, iRobot launched another witty option called dirt mapping. What’s up with that? As we know, in terms of cleaning, each house is different, meaning that there are certain areas of the house which are dirtier than the others.
Using Roomba’s dirt mapping feature, you will be able to instruct the clever cleaning drone on which area it should concentrate its cleaning efforts. Moreover, you can also use this function in order to draw up a weekly schedule.
Up until now, we only shared good news. Now let’s talk about the downside of iRobot’s innovation streak. First of all, the company did say that the Alexa integration is coming, but they didn’t say a word about when it’s due to arrive. The other piece of bad news is that we don’t know how much we will have to spend in Alexa’s skill store in order to purchase the Roomba feature.
Image source: iRobot