While laying next to each other in bed, my wife glances over at me awaiting a response, as I plug away at my tablet.
“You hear that?” She says.
I perk up and listen, only to be met with silence. But that’s exactly what my wife was pointing out. For the first time in the past hour it was finally silent in our home, but that’s not a good thing. You see, our smart robotic vacuum was scheduled to clean the house, yet complete silence meant it was stuck or trapped somewhere.
It was then that I embarked upon a mission to find it and set it free. I was forced to get up from my place and roam the property searching for the bright-red robot. As soon as I moved from my spot, my dogs jumped up and replaced me. Would that I could only control the little guy with my voice.
That’s the idea behind Neato’s Botvac D7, a smart robotic vacuum complete with Amazon Alexa and Google Home support.
Introducing Neato’s Botvac D7, a Voice-Activated Smart Robotic Vacuum
The Neato Botvac D7 is now available in the US and UK.
The Botvac D7 is a smart robotic vacuum with a twist. On top of a robust features list—like the option to set exclusion zones—it packs in voice controls through Amazon Alexa and Google Home. That’s a far cry from the proprietary remote our little bObsweep came with.
You can basically yell at it from any room in your house, just like you do with your spouse. The only difference—at least in my case—is the vacuum will listen.
While the device was first unveiled months ago by Neato, it’s finally available for US and UK consumers.
It also supports IFTTT, Android Wear, and Apple Watch so you can interact with the vacuum using whatever you wish. There’s even iOS and Android support, allowing you to interact from a smartphone.
The app offers a unique floor planner feature that offers coverage maps for real-time cleaning info, and exclusion or “no-go” zones. This allows you to block out certain rooms or areas where your little vacuum might get stuck.
For less than $800 you can get your hands on one of these bad boys; that’s cheaper than the Roomba 980.