The robot vacuum cleaner that can be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa

6th of January 2017
The robot vacuum cleaner that can be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa

An automatic vacuum cleaner for people who like to bark out orders to their appliances has been presented to visitors at this year's CES technology show in Las Vegas.

Samsung's Powerbot VR7000 can be linked with Amazon's Echo Support technology to enable it to be activated via voice controls.

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker that features a personal assistant named Alexa. "She" will perform various tasks including playing specific music tracks; adding items to the owner's shopping list and updating diary information.

The Powerbot VR7000 is a robotic hoover with a large 11-inch brush and a suction power of up to 20 watts. Using artificial intelligence it can remember the contours of a room and steer itself towards the dirty areas of a floor. Meanwhile, the fact that it can connect to Amazon's voice-controlled Echo means that lazy humans can order it around from the comfort of their sofa.

"The Powerbot VR7000 keeps up with the floorcare needs of today's busy families," said Byung-Sam Seo, president of home appliances at Samsung Electronics. "Just set it and watch it go to work."

The Powerbot VR7000 is said to be 28 per cent thinner than Samsung's previous model and is capable of cleaning close to walls and under beds and tables. New software features allow the Powerbot VR7000 to map out a room more intelligently and optimise cleaning depending on floor type. It will adjust suction power from carpet to hard floors and can be controlled by an app.

The CES technology show took place from January 5-8.



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