Google Collaborates with iRobot to Improve Smart Homes

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This collaboration may help to simplify smart home setup and enable powerful new automation in the future by leveraging a broader understanding of the smart homes

iRobot Corp. collaborated with Google to integrate robotic and smart home technologies that will advance the next-generation smart home by using mapping data collected by iRobot’s robot vacuums .

In future, iRobot and Google will be enhancing their business strategy to leverage a broader understanding of the smart homes, by providing customers with the choice to opt in to new innovative smart home experiences . For example, the spatial awareness of the home that Roomba maintains may help to simplify smart home setup and enable powerful new automation in the future.

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“Over the past year, we’ve been working hard to make it easier to control all the devices and appliances in your home with the Google Assistant with just your voice,” said Michele Turner, director, Smart Home Ecosystem, Google. “We’re excited to be exploring with iRobot how its unique spatial awareness technology can work with the Assistant to offer customers a more intuitive and personalized experience in their homes.”

Consumer robots like the iRobot Roomba® i7+ robot vacuum are ideally suited to enable intuitive and personalized smart home experiences based on an ability to learn a home’s floor plan. With Imprint Smart Mapping, the Roomba i7+ remembers multiple floor plans and room names so users can customize cleaning jobs. By using Google Assistant, users can control robot to clean a specific room with a simple voice command.

“iRobot is delivering products that help people keep a cleaner and smarter home,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “Robots with mapping and spatial awareness capabilities will play an important role in allowing other smart devices in the home to more seamlessly work together. We’re looking forward to working with Google to explore new ways to enable a more thoughtful home.”

About iRobot Corp.

iRobot, the leading global consumer robot company, designs and builds robots that empower people to do more both inside and outside of the home. iRobot created the home robot cleaning category with the introduction of its Roomba Vacuuming Robot in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 20 million robots worldwide. iRobot’s product line, including the Roomba and the Braava family of mopping robots, feature proprietary technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. iRobot’s engineers are building an ecosystem of robots and technologies to enable the smart home.

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