Consumers with proficient use of modern technology will soon be able to operate their robotic vacuum cleaners with their voice-activated digital home assistants. Bedford-based iRobot declared on Wednesday that internet-connected models of its Roomba vacuum cleaners would have joined with Amazon Alexa sometime during the second quarter of 2017. That will allow users to start, pause or stop their Roomba with a simple sentence like, Alexa, tell Roomba to start cleaning. "
iRobot Corp. (Nasdaq: IRBT) also reported an update to its smartphone app that will admit users to view maps of the areas of their home that their Roomba has cleaned, including information about which areas were filthiest and the duration of the cleaning job. Both updates will apply to the Roomba 900 Series of vacuums. "IRobot is aggressively pursuing opportunities within the connected home to better 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. Home robots that work collaboratively and further enable the smart home. "
Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and iRobot began their partnership in 2016 when iRobot became a customer of Amazon Web Services, the e-retailer's cloud computing program. That partnership allows iRobot to endorse a lot more internet-connected robotic vacuums.
Much of Amazon's local labor force is emphasized on Amazon Devices, which includes the Echo speaker and the Alexa software that iRobot will soon be connecting with.