The fact that the Roomba vacuum robots from iRobot can be controlled using Alexa Skill is not new, it has been around for many years. Now, however, the Amazon Alexa Skill has received an update and is much more intelligent thanks to a new connection to the Genius software platform. Individual objects can now be cleaned and communication via the skill has been simplified.
iRobot Rooma Alexa Skill – now clean individual objects and link commands in one sentence
According to Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, the Alexa Skill is one of the most complex ever developed. Because until now it was only possible to start or stop the vacuum robot or to create a schedule. With the latest updates of the Alexa Skill, individual objects can now be commanded, which are then cleaned.
“Alexa, tell Roomba to clean in front of the couch and at the dining table.”
The evaluation of the sentences is now also more intelligent, so that the sentences no longer have to be formulated in such a way that it sounds robotic.
“Alexa, tell Roomba to clean the dining room every Sunday at noon and then start Bravaa.”
Except for the “Alexa, tell Roomba” that sounds pretty good in my opinion.
The objects are recognized by the built-in cameras of the latest Roomba, of course in conjunction with the recorded floor plans that it creates. Angle emphasizes that there is of course a collaboration with Amazon. This is necessary to filter complex commands from a sentence and process them in the skill. However, no data is shared with Amazon.
In the future, iRobot plans to add more functions, such as B. the possibility of a “do not disturb” time for cleaning work, which can then be configured by voice.
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