December 27th, 2018, 1:35 pm
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January 3rd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Kip wrote:I just purchase the neato D7 last week because of the Alexa and the no go vitural option. I was greatly disappointed to find out that the virtual no go lines don't work if you turn your vacuum on by voice with echo. The no-go virtual lines can only be activated through the neato app, quite disappointing unless I missed something.
January 4th, 2019, 4:39 pm
voicegy wrote:Kip wrote:I just purchase the neato D7 last week because of the Alexa and the no go vitural option. I was greatly disappointed to find out that the virtual no go lines don't work if you turn your vacuum on by voice with echo. The no-go virtual lines can only be activated through the neato app, quite disappointing unless I missed something.
You are correct - there is a 'disconnect' between Neato and the Echo skill there where, starting a cleaning session with Echo, the Floor Plan and subsequent No Go lines aren't recognized/acknowledged. It's disappointing, I agree - especially given the capability of Zone cleaning - how I would love to NOT bother using the app and just shout out "Alexa, clean the kitchen floor." THAT would, and should, be the ultimate goal of the Skill's ability, and I hope they can work that out.
Although it's amusing and convenient to tell Alexa to ask the vacuum to go back to the dock DURING a cleaning session, regardless of being started via the app, manually, or via the schedule - that's all it is...amusing. And sort of convenient. But it's not good enough.
For now I'm forgiving the oversight, but hoping for eventual resolution. I mainly rely on scheduling, and as with my prior Neato devices over the years, just have it clean the majority of the house at night while I'm asleep 3 x a week - with no pets I don't need to empty the bin other than once a week. But there's no reason, in my mind at least, why the Alexa skill and the app/floor plan can't "talk" with one another and link up to give us ALL the features regardless of the initiation of a cleaning.
EDIT: Just looking on the web at the competition after I posted the above - seems Roomba is ahead of the curve with their Alexa iRobot Skill - very disappointing, Neato...get with it!!
With the new Roomba® i Series robot vacuum, you can control which rooms to clean by saying**:
• "Alexa, Ask Roomba to clean my kitchen"
**Commands compatible with Roomba® i Series robots only.
January 4th, 2019, 10:43 pm
eqwalker wrote:Having moved to a house that has thick deep pile carpeting, (I had to get a vac that has bigger wheels (Samsung 9350)) my Neato struggled to get around. Now, with a camera based vac you have to have a light on for it to "see". Oh well...maybe some day Neato will come out with a unit with bigger wheels..