iRobot adds Alexa integration, analytics to smart home

iRobot's high-end vacuum robots are doing more mapping of the smart home and churning out analytics on cleaning projects.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor
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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.

The combination of technologies from iRobot highlights the following:

  • Analytics are coming to the smart home in larger doses;
  • iRobot's app for its Roomba 900 Series vacuuming robots is akin to MyFitnessPal for cleaning;
  • Amazon's Alexa is increasingly becoming a home operating system;
  • The smart home is being mapped to add a new level of localization.

iRobot's Roomba 900 Series build maps via navigation tools and visual localization. These maps are then delivered via a Clean Map in the iRobot Home App. Data such as total area and duration for up to 30 cleaning jobs is supported. A patented technology called Leveraging Dirt Detect provides data on debris and focused cleaning areas.

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As for Alexa, iRobot said a skill for Roomba vacuuming robots will be added in the second quarter.

Add it up and the updates to iRobot's Roomba 900 Series are a step to what CEO Colin Angle said is a "vision of an ecosystem of home robots that work collaboratively and further enable the smart home."

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