15 January 2018
The leader in smart vacuum cleaners, iRobot has now announced that all of its Wi-Fi connected Roomba series cleaners are compatible with Google Assistant. These include Roomba 690, Roomba 960, and Roomba 980 robot vacuums which can be put to work by using simple voice commands sent via Assistant. It has plans to release Roomba 890 next month which will also be coming with the support.
To use this feature, the first step will be to connect your Roomba cleaner to Google Assistant which is like connecting any other smart home device. There is an updated iRobot Home app which you will need to download to make the whole process work. Once you have connected the robot cleaner, you will be able to perform different actions by saying commands like "ask Roomba to start cleaning", "ask Roomba to pause vacuuming", "ask Roomba to go home", and "ask Roomba what is it doing". It goes without saying that these commands should be said after hotword "Okay, Google".
In case, you have more than one Roomba devices at your house or place then you can connect all of them too. But in such a situation, you will have to give a unique name to each of the devices so that Assistant can work properly and accordingly. You will also have to use the robot's name (given by you) while giving any command to Google Assistant. This can be like "ask Roomba to clean with (robot name)", "ask Roomba to pause (robot name)", and "ask Roomba to send (robot name) home". You can click the source link below to know all these commands.
iRobot's Roomba series vacuum cleaners are one of the many other smart home products which support Assistant. As announced by Google at the ongoing Google I/O 2017, the smart assistant now supports different ovens, washers, and fridges offered by LG and GE.