iRobot announces new features Alexa

While the owners of Roomba and Braava already had the chance to enjoy the best voice experience on the market, the world leader of the household robot announces new features for its iRobot Home skill for Alexa. The application will now be based on the brand's Genius platform and will implement the new skills ofAlexa unveiled earlier this year. A skill that the American company describes as " one of the most complex ever created ”...

Braava and Roomba even smarter with Alexa

As we explained to you during our Roomba i7 + test, iRobot offers by far skill Alexa the most complete on the market. Already able to send a robot to clean rooms like areas of them, the assistant ofAmazon will now be able to go even further and send your Roomba to ever more precise locations.

You will be able to say to Alexa « tell Roomba to clean in front of the sofa Or ask him to pass only around the table after the meal. It will also be possible to create much more complex routines and coordinate the two types of brand devices so that they work simultaneously in different areas.

Easier voice programming

As Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, notes, "Smart home products often do not meet consumer expectations because they require complex programming for basic functionality and lack the ability to actually interact with the user". This is why the specialist in household robotics intends to simplify this process by allowing you to voice programming when you want the vacuum to run, setting specific times like " every Tuesday at 10 a.m. "Or preferring for wider ranges such as" Sunday morning" page (in French).

According to the leader, this new iRobot skill for Alexa will allow robots to be addressed in a "More natural and more sophisticated" and to be more discreet in our daily life by performing their tasks in our absence.

Robots are getting proactive

But the major novelty lies in the dose of proactivity from which all the brand's robots will benefit.

Roomba and Braava will be able to ask Alexa de alert you via your speakers Amazon Echo when a task is completed or if there is a problem. The idea here is that users no longer need to look at their smartphones and read their notifications to be informed of the status of their device.

Best of all, Roomba and Braava will be the first home devices to actually use artificial intelligenceAlexa within our connected homes. Colin Angle, the CEO of iRobot, has indeed declared to be “ thrilled to unlock even more intuitive cleaning and smart home experiences by working with Amazon to integrate advanced vocal capabilities. "

Understand by this that the brand's robots will be the first to use the features Alexa Hunches, intuitions in French, which allow the voice assistant to determine the best time to perform actions and that we had mentioned among the 15 novelties Alexa coming in 2021.

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Concretely, you will no longer even need to launch Roomba to storm your home, Alexa will do it for you when she sees fit, depending on your habits but also on your requests. If she notices that you often activate it on Saturdays before you go shopping, she will take advantage of your absence to tell the robot to activate so that you find your clean house when you return. Did you say awesome?

Yes, all the more brilliant as it includes innovative technologies TeachableAI - which allows users to inform Alexa their preferences - and Latent Goal Interference - which enables the voice assistant to extrapolate what the user desires - called upon to finally make our connected homes truly intelligent. A big step forward in the use of artificial intelligence in home automation!

Fascinated by Alexa since the day I received it in beta test, I gradually became passionate about the subject, before deciding to go further by creating a site with Jean-Christophe. An activity that allows me to quench my thirst for new technologies and share my discoveries about the nicest of communities: Les Alexiens.