GE Appliances announced a deal with Google Wednesday enabling the US tech giant's voice control home hub to be used for cooking, cleaning and other functions. The deal enables GE's "Geneva" to communicate with the Google Assistant, so users can say: "Ok Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes." Consumers will be able to use voice commands to preheat their own meals, or check if laundry or dishes are cleaned with connected GE appliances, the companies said. Google and its parent company Alphabet have been seeking to diversify beyond internet search to new kinds of services, many focused on artificial intelligence which powers its Google Home hub and other devices.
Unlike the 650 and 860 -- its previous low-end robots -- they can be controlled through the iRobot Home app. As promised, iRobot is also adding Alexa support for its Wi-Fi connected cleaners. The "skill" is enabled by barking "Alexa, open Roomba," or by selecting the Roomba skill inside the Alexa app. It's a small, but neat trick that Neato, one of iRobot's biggest competitors, introduced for its own cleaners late last year.
Roomba 960 seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging itself after working for up to 75 minutes, and then resuming until the job is done. Just press clean or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot Home App, from which you can also monitor its cleaning status. Roomba works on all floor types, and at just 3.6 inches tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. The very full featured Roomba 960 averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and is currently discounted $100 off its typical list price, making it available right now for $599.
A robot that is equipped with Instinct Software offers behavior that makes sense, in which we can interpret the robot's intentions in the same way as we can analyze human behavior. Not only that, but the behavior evolves and remains appropriate over time - behavior is not random since the robot remembers what it's done and learns from experience. Robots running Instinct Software can react reasonably and coherently, but not so predictably as to be sterile and uninteresting.