Roomba owners can start, stop, and pause their cleaning jobs through voice-activated commands to an Amazon Alexa skill.
iRobot, a provider of consumer home robotics, has updated its iRobot HOME App to expand the value of connected Roomba vacuuming robots within the smart home. Among the upgrades is an integration with Amazon Alexa for voice-activated control of Roomba.
"iRobot is aggressively pursuing opportunities within the connected home to improve our customers' experience with our cleaning robots," said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot, in a statement. "The latest updates for the iRobot HOME App make cleaning with an iRobot Roomba vacuuming robot even more user friendly, with voice-activated commands, enhanced mapping features, and useful post-cleaning reports. These are exciting next steps towards our vision of an ecosystem of home robots that work collaboratively and further enable the smart home."
With Amazon Alexa, customers can start, stop, and pause Roomba cleaning jobs with voice commands. The Alexa skill for Roomba will be available to U.S. customers in Q2 2017 and is compatible with any connected Roomba vacuum, such as the Roomba 900 Series.