In just a few years, robot vacuuming technology has made giant steps forward. The very first models could be controlled by a button on the machine itself. Later the most general way to control a robot vacuum cleaner was the remote control, which is extremely straightforward. But as we all know, remote controls tend to live their own life and love playing hide and seek.
Luckily the new generation robot vacuum cleaners boast smart connectivity and can be controlled through a handy companion app. The set up of these apps differs between models, but seems to be quite simple. Once this setup is finished, you can start communicating with your robovac. This can be fully done on the app with the click of a button. These days there’s an even cooler solution available: our robotic friend can be controlled through the different intelligent home services at our disposal.
They are fully compatible with Google Home Assistant, Echo and Amazon Alexa, which gives you a complete hands-free experience and enables you to use voice commands to control all functionalities of your robovac. With just one simple command you can make your appliance perform the most basic functions like start and stop, but you can also ask for the status of the battery, you can ask it to pause or to return to its charging station. So instead of going through the trouble of asking Google or Alexa to tell the robovac to start cleaning, vacuum owners started naming their device. Imagine asking Harvey to clean the living room, and it’s not the husband we’re talking about!
An important thing to know is that the name should be easy to pronounce in English. When naming your robotic assistant in the app, don’t use any emojis or special characters. If you follow these simple rules, Harvey will do exactly as he’s told.
This personalized feature will ensure a smooth running, especially for people who own more than one robot vacuum on separate floors. The correct robovac will start working and it just makes the whole robotic experience so much more fun. There are some robot vacuums that feature command sharing technology, which enables the robovac to be operated by different people. Some robot vacuums even have their own voice settings, as if you’re communicating directly to the machine. Your automated butler will tell you exactly how much longer cleaning will take in its own voice!