iRobot, maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, updated its application to provide detailed cleaning maps as well as integrated with Amazon’s Alexa application.
The owners of the Roomba vacuum cleaner will begin to receive maps that show exactly where the house is cleaned and where it is dirtiest.
The areas of the house where there is more dirt and debris are marked with more “+” signs on the map. Roomba will then spend extra time cleaning those problematic places.
iRobot will also add notifications for owners who want to receive messages when their vacuum cleaner finishes cleaning.
The updated app is available for iOS and Android beginning today.
The integration of the Amazon’s Alexa application will be available in the spring. Using the app, Roomba owners will be able to tell the vacuum cleaner to start, stop or pause to clean. For example: “Alexa, ask Roomba to start cleaning.”
The new features will only be available for the 900 series of Roomba vacuums that costs between 700 and 900 dollars. Other more basic vacuum cleaners can cost 500 dollars or less.
The Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner was first released in 2002 and has sold more than 7.5 million units.