Control Your Roomba With IFTTT Commands
Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain When the humans are away, the Roomba will play: Keep a closer eye on your iRobot vacuum with new IFTTT functionality.Using If This Then That applets, owners can trigger the autonomous cleaner to start before a specific calendar event and tweet once it finishes.“Roomba Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuums give you the flexibility of anytime, anywhere control of your clean,” according to the IFTTT website.It currently works with social media (“When Roomba finishes cleaning, post on Facebook”), smartphones (“When Roomba finishes cleaning, play music on Android device”), Philips Hue lights (“When Roomba finishes cleaning, blink Hue lights”), and Google Calendar.Plus, the device can conspire with Android-based location, phone, and email services to pause when you answer a call and start or stop when you leave or arrive home.Connect with IFTTT to suggest your own applets—like scheduling an extra cleaning when pollen is forecast, logging vacuum usage into Evernote, or starting a job via voice command. And sign up to receive automatic emails when iRobot publishes new triggers (“this”) and actions (“that”).The latest update has a lot of Roomba owners excited for the future of cleaning. Wow totally amazing!! — It’s Just Me (@Summrluver) November 21, 2017 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target This is pretty cool. Thanks for adding this.— Curtis Paradis (@CurtisParadis) November 20, 2017 You’ve come a long way baby! Getting more and more amazing every day!— Dawn W. (@Roscoe1679) November 21, 2017This marks the latest addition to iRobot’s arsenal of high-tech features: Its robot vacuums are already compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. But mapping remains the biggest piece of the puzzle.In June, CEO Colin Angle discussed his plans to share collected data with smart home device manufacturers like Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet.The company initially came under fire due to reports that iRobot wanted to sell the information—a distinction later cleared up when Angle clarified customers will retain control over if and how their data is used.The Roomba 980 has been mapping homes since 2015 in an effort to maximize efficiency (and avoid face-planting down the stairs).