Location-based tech makes smart homes even smarter
NEW YORK – Nov. 12, 2018 – iRobot and Google have announced a partnership to enhance smart home devices with location-based awareness.
iRobot's vacuum-cleaning Roomba robot can map the floor plan of a home so users can direct it to clean a particular room through a smartphone app or voice commands to a smart speaker. The Wi-Fi-enabled Roombas already can be controlled by Google Home smart speakers, as well as Amazon.com's Echo speakers.
Google aims to use iRobot's Imprint Smart Mapping technology to create room-based controls for other smart devices besides the Roomba. Google's Michele Turner said the company has been working to simplify vocal control of all smart home devices and appliances via the Google Assistant.
"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," Turner says.
Source: Investor's Business Daily (10/31/18) Seitz, Patrick
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