IRobot: Roomba vacuums get Siri support with Genius 4.0 update

iRobot is the leading brand of consumer cleaning robots and announced this Thursday (17) the distribution of the software update Home Intelligence iRobot Genius 4.0. It’s a big update for robot vacuum cleaners which, among other novelties, receive voice support for the virtual assistant Crab given Apple.

This update – Genius 4.0 Home Intelligence – lets you control the smart vacuum cleaner via the iPhone’s Siri virtual assistant with its voice commands. Therefore, if you have a Roomba vacuum cleaner with internet connection (WiFi), just open the app and check for the availability of new firmware.

Update now available in Portugal for iRobot products

iRobot Roomba Genius 4.0

To check for update availability, simply follow these steps:

  • Open the iRobot app (Android or iOS)
  • Scroll down where the “Robot Settings” menu will appear
  • Access the menu “About the robot (robot name)
  • Access the “Robot Software”

It is important to note that the firmware update (system software) will be automatically installed on the robot as soon as it is available. Also note that the installation is only done when the robot is on the base, so it does not work.

Distributing new software can take a few hours via OTA (in the air) on all models that have an Internet connection and are compatible with the new features.

New Software for Roomba Vacuums and Braava Jet Mop

iRobot Roomba Genius 4.0

The new features reach all customers with Roomba Wi-Fi connected robot vacuums and the Braava jet robot mop. The iRobot Genius 4.0, the company says, is the next step in transforming the smart home into a more personalized home.

Specifically, the iRobot Genius 4.0 software includes new features as well as customization and convenience options such as Division cleaning preferencesthe integration of Shortcuts for Siri, Child lock and Pets and Do not disturba.

Additionally, the update also expands the list of objects that the j-series Roomba recognizes and avoids including clothes and towels.

Integration with Apple’s Siri virtual assistant

iRobot Roomba Genius 4.0

The iRobot Genius 4.0 update makes these new smart, voice-based, and in-app mapping features available to all iRobot Wi-Fi connected robots. In other words, it adds value to the smart robots in its portfolio. .

Of particular note is support for Apple’s Siri assistant to control Roomba robot vacuums, as well as Braava Jet mops. Additionally, for the more affordable vacuums in the i3 range, we also have smart mapping.

Initially, however, Siri’s voice commands will be limited to simple actions such as: Start, Stop, Resume and Return to base. However, the manufacturer claims that there are more orders to prepare.

Smart mapping available for Roomba i3

The Genius 4.0 update brings smart mapping to the most affordable next-gen robots, the Roomba i3 and Roomba i3+ (with self-draining base). Thus, it becomes possible to define exactly which rooms of the house to clean.

At the same time, they can also create cleaning routines based on the user’s schedule, as well as areas to avoid, among other options available through the iRobot app.

Finally, its availability is particularly wide. Specifically, all iRobot Genius 4.0 software updates will be available worldwide for Wi-Fi connected Roomba and Braava customers. until the end of June 2022except for Do Not Disturb which is now available worldwide.

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