Powered by iRobot Genius™ Home Intelligence, iRobot robot vacuums and mops with Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology learn how best to navigate your floors, remembering specific rooms and certain furniture, to clean where it's most needed. Using Alexa, iRobot customers can automate routines, personalize cleaning jobs and control how their home is cleaned. Thanks to interactive Alexa conversations and predictive and proactive recommendations, smart home users can experience a new level of personalization and control for their unique homes, schedules, preferences and devices.
iRobot robots with Alexa today offer customers among the widest range of voice capabilities and services available on robot vacuums and mops that goes beyond basic start and stop commands, including:
- "Roomba, Clean Around the [Object]" – Use Alexa to send your robot to clean a mess right where it happens with precision Clean Zones. Roomba can clean around specific objects that attract the most common messes, like couches, tables and kitchen counters. Simply ask Alexa to "tell Roomba, clean around the couch," and Roomba knows right where to go.
- iRobot Scheduling with Alexa voice service – Thanks to Alexa's rich language understanding, customers can have a more natural interaction directing their robot using their voice to schedule cleaning Routines. For example, "Alexa, tell Roomba to clean the kitchen every weeknight at
7 pm," or "Alexa, tell Braava to mop the kitchen every Sunday afternoon."
- Alexa Announcements – Alexa can let customers know about their robot's status, like when it needs help or when it has finished a cleaning job, even if your phone isn't nearby.
- Alexa Hunches – The best time to clean is when no one is home. If Alexa has a 'hunch' that you're away, Alexa can begin a cleaning job.
"Smart home products often fail to live up to consumer expectations because they require complex programming for basic functionality and lack the ability to truly interact with the user," said
iRobot and Amazon will continue working together to improve cleaning and other smart home experiences by developing additional user-friendly voice interactions and home automations. For example, with the latest update to iRobot Genius, iRobot and Amazon customers can now engage in a two-way dialogue with their robots to improve the overall experience. Through Alexa, a Roomba robot vacuum or Braava jet robot mop can let a user know when it has finished a cleaning job, if it needs assistance, or even ask its owner for clarification on a particular cleaning job. Coming soon, iRobot customers will be able to set "Do Not Disturb" times for their connected Roomba robot vacuum or Braava jet robot mop. If a customer tries to initiate a cleaning during a previously designated "Do Not Disturb" time, the robot will clarify with the owner if they want to proceed with cleaning.
"Technology is at its best when it disappears into the background, allowing you to be more present in the world around you. That's why we're inventing for a future where devices, services, and artificial intelligence work together to create proactive and personalized experiences," said
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iRobot, the leading global consumer robot company, designs and builds robots that empower people to do more both inside and outside of the home. iRobot created the home robot cleaning category with the introduction of its Roomba® Robot Vacuum in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 30 million robots worldwide. iRobot's product line, including the Roomba® and the Braava® family of mopping robots, feature proprietary technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. iRobot engineers are building an ecosystem of robots and technologies to enable the smart home. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
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