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Did you forget to turn on the Roomba before you left? Amazon Echo can help



Scenario: You have not vacuumed a living room for weeks and suddenly friends or family come by. They face the clock at work and know they do not have time to clean before they get there. If you happen to have a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, you may be saved.

You can connect your Roomba to your Amazon Echo ($ 100 on Amazon) and trigger Alexa to start vacuuming the Roomba. Just make sure your Roomba is connected to Wi-Fi for remote access. Remember, this is a remote command that sets your Amazon Echo device as a conduit. Her command is: "Alexa, please Roomba, to vacuum the house."

Connect your Roomba to Wifi

1

. Download the iRobot Home app and create a username and password.

. 2 Hang the Roomba Home Base Cradle into the wall and turn on the Roomba.

. 3 Tap on your Wi-Fi network in the Roomba app and enter the password.

. 4 While your Roomba is on Home Base, press and hold the Home and Spot Clean icons until a green Wi-Fi icon flashes on the Roomba.

. 5 If you're using an iPhone ($ 1,000 on Amazon) go to your Wi-Fi settings and select the Roomba network. Android users – Roomba will automatically start setting up your network.

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Connect your Amazon Echo to your Roomba

1. Once the Roomba is connected to Wi-Fi, open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone and tap on top of the three stacked lines.

. 2 Tap Skills & Games .

. 3 Tap the search icon and enter iRobot Home (tap when it's displayed).

. 4 Tap Enable to use .

. 5 You'll be asked to sign in to your iRobot account to connect Echo to Roomba.

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Roomba Commands That You Can Say

When you're away from home, open the Amazon Alexa app and press the circle icon to issue commands to Alexa.

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Tap the blue circle to issue Alexa commands.


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Roomba start

"Alexa, please Roomba, to start cleaning."

"Alexa, please Roomba, take my cat."

Stop Roomba

"Alexa, please Roomba, finish cleaning."

"Alexa, please Roomba, call her a night."

Stop Roomba

"Alexa, please Roomba, stop cleaning."

"Alexa, please Roomba, play dead."

Roomba looking

"Alexa, ask Roomba where it is." [19659031] "Alexa, please Roomba, no longer to hide from me."

Roomba status

"Alexa, ask Roomba how my cleaning partner is doing."

"Alexa, ask Roomba what he does."

Send Roomba back to home base

"Alexa, please Roomba, go home."

"Alexa, please Roomba, rest a bit."

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