iRobot Extends Roomba Vacuum Series Connectivity

iRobot has extended the availability of its cloud-connected cleaning with the launch of the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690 WiFi connected vacuuming robots. The company has also launched an Amazon Alexa skill for U.S. customers of WiFi connected Roomba robotic vacuums.

“Expanding the benefits of connectivity from our top-of-the-line Roomba 900 series through our Roomba 800 and 600 series robots gives more of our customers the opportunity to experience the added functionality and control our connected app gives our robots,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “This is an important next step in making the benefits of smart home technology available to everyone.”

The Roomba 690 uses a patented three stage cleaning system to clean carpets, rugs and hard floors. It also features a low profile design to fit under furniture.

The Roomba 890 features dual, counter-rotating tangle-free extractors, which is said to grab dirt and hair from any floor type while reducing hair tangles and brush maintenance. It also features a full suite of sensors, Gen 2 motor, patented AeroForce three stage cleaning system and low profile design.

The Roomba 690 is available for purchase in the U.S. with a retail price of $375 at the company’s website, and will be available in major retail stores beginning later this quarter. The Roomba 890 will be available in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2017.

In addition, all WiFi-connected Roomba robotic vacuums are now compatible with Amazon Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. According to the company, in order to enable the new Roomba skill users say, “Alexa, open Roomba.” Users can then control the vacuum via Amazon devices.