Just in time for the big Google I/O 2017 conference today out in Mountain View, California, comes an announcement from iRobot that pairs Google's AI-driven voice assistant with its own products. The iRobot Roomba 690, Roomba 960, and Roomba 980 connected robot vacuums will now work with the Google Assistant's voice control features. Simply start your vacuum by saying "Okay Google, ask Roomba to start cleaning," and the Google Assistant will let your Roomba know that it's time to get to work. iRobot will be extending this functionality to other WiFi-connected Roomba vacuums as well, including the upcoming Roomba 890, which is slated to debut next month.
Pairing your Roomba together with the Google Assistant on your phone or Google Home is easy to do. An update for the iRobot Home app can be found on the Google Play Store, which enables your Roomba to talk with the Google Assistant linked to your Google account. Instructions on how to pair this, along with how to pair it with an Amazon Echo product with Alexa, can be found in the Connected Home section of the iRobot Home app. Saying "OK Google, talk to Roomba" will let the Google Assistant know that you want to pair it with a Roomba found on the same WiFi network, and will begin the audio-driven pairing process. What's particularly useful is that you can link more than one iRobot Roomba vacuum to your Google Assistant, in case you've got a few of them in an extra large dwelling.
You need to name each Roomba when pairing it to your network in the initial setup, and it's this name that will help the Google Assistant differentiate the vacuums in your home when issuing commands. Commands for the Google Assistant all start with "OK Google, ask Roomba," followed by either "start cleaning," "pause cleaning," "resume cleaning," "stop cleaning" or "return to the home base." You can also ask status messages like "ask Roomba what is it doing" to get the current task, or "ask Roomba where it is" to locate the vacuum in the home. Specifying the robot's name at the end of any command will differentiate tasks between individual vacuums. Follow the link beneath this writing to get all the exact iRobot Roomba commands for the Google Assistant.