Neato Botvac can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa

Robot vacuum manufacturer Neato Robotics’ new Botvac Connected is designed to be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa devices, such as Echo and Echo Dot.

This is the first of Neato’s robot vacuums that can be controlled via the Alexa voice service.

The company said that all it takes is a simple voice command, such as ‘Alexa, ask Neato to start cleaning’, to start work. The vacuuming can also be paused with a voice command through Alexa.

“Neato’s innovation is a huge leap forward for the smart home. Alexa-enabled Botvac Connected advances Neato’s vision of SmartLife – where using the latest technology to make your life easier is the clear path to smart living,” said Giacomo Marini, chairman and chief executive of Neato Robotics.

The Neato Botvac Connected also has the company’s patented LaserSmart technology, which combines laser scanning, continuous room mapping and real-time object detection to plan the most efficient course to clean a home.