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Siri support has arrived for iRobot products like the Roomba, so now users can have the robots clean specific rooms using Siri voice commands and Shortcuts.
Siri integration is handled via the iRobot Home App. The app supports basic commands right out of the gate like “Hey Siri, clean everywhere” and more actions are available for custom control in Shortcuts.
Even though Apple HomeKit doesn’t have support for robot vacuums, Shortcuts gives users the ability to automate devices like the Roomba using HomeKit triggers. For example, when you leave the home you can have an automation run that has your Roomba clean your entire home automatically.
The Genius 4.0 update brings other intelligent features to the iRobot devices as well. The robots will automatically detect clothing and towels and avoid them as they clean, so no need for extra cleanup before running the vacuum or mop. Nap modes that prevent cleaning at certain times and locks that prevent children or pets from starting the device via the physical buttons are also being released.