Roomba Lets Owners Give Voice Commands Using Google Assistant

Roomba Lets Owners Give Voice Commands Using Google Assistant
Automotive

Google is helping equip the latest vacuum device from iRobot with a camera and odometer permitting optimal spacial awareness and customizable functions as well as integrating Google Assistant

Rachel Gonzalez
  • 8 november 2018

Google and iRobot are joining forces to design a more effective Roomba vacuum. Thanks to the partnership, the iRobot’s Roomba i7+is equipped with technology that not only allows the device to map its surroundings and provide owners greater customization of its functions to best suit their specific space, but also lets owners control it by voice.

The device operates through a low-res camera and odometry/distance tracker that collect data used to create maps of particular rooms in a residence. These digital renderings allow customers to select for their Roomba to clean particular areas as well as set cleaning schedules for the vacuum to follow.

Google’s other major contribution to the device involves equipping it with a voice activation feature linking iRobot products and Google Assistant, which lets owners verbally control Roomba through the virtual assistant, giving commands like, “Roomba, clean the kitchen.”

The ultimate goal of the partnership is to create products that better serve their owners. Rather than employing tech for tech’s sake, Google and iRobot hope to use mapping and AI technology to design devices that not only provide seamless operation and optimal convenience but also implement advanced technology that permits customizable functionality in accordance with each unique environment.

iRobot

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Google and iRobot are joining forces to design a more effective Roomba vacuum. Thanks to the partnership, the iRobot’s Roomba i7+is equipped with technology that not only allows the device to map its surroundings and provide owners greater customization of its functions to best suit their specific space, but also lets owners control it by voice.

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+mobility
+packaging & product engagement
+post purchase support & service
+robot
+Roomba

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