“We’re looking forward to working with Google to explore new ways to enable a more thoughtful home,” Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot, said in a press release.
Theis the company’s first vacuum to create lo-res maps of user’s homes. A company spokesperson told CNET the collaboration hopes to “explore how robotic technologies can help to create a more cohesive and seamless smart home experience through spatial context.”
At the moment, users can say, “OK Google, tell Roomba to start cleaning,” and the iRobot i7+ will react, for example. However, the iRobot room data could also be used by this and other smart devices — such as thermostats and speakers — which work on a room-by-room basis.
Last year, Angle said iRobot was looking for smart home partners to . He stressed that iRobot devices would only share information with other manufacturers with the user’s consent.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.