- Jeff Bezos shared a photo on Instagram of a creation his kids made: a MacGyver-esque combination of an iRobot Roomba and an Amazon Echo Plus.
- Unfortunately, the Roomba would work like this but the Echo Plus wouldn’t, as it’s not plugged into the wall.
- Bezos was previously a strategic advisor to iRobot, the company that makes Roombas.
- Also, the Roomba pictured already has Alexa capabilities – and it costs $630 on Amazon.
Jeff Bezos’ children were so preoccupied with whether or not they could build an Echo-Roomba hybrid, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
In a post on Instagram showing an Amazon Echo Plus haphazardly taped to an iRobot Roomba, Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, showed off the creation his kids had made, adding “I have no idea. #LifeWithFourKids.”
Ingenuity aside, while this Echo model wouldn’t normally work without being plugged into the wall, but an eagle-eyed reader pointed out that the device appears to be plugged in to a portable battery base.
Coincidentally though, the Roomba device that Bezos owns appears to be the Roomba 960 – a $630 cleaning device that already is compatible with Alexa.
It’s no secret that Bezos is a fan of Alexa and Echo devices, as he once said he will “dance into work if I have Echo and Alexa meetings on my schedule that day,” and has an Echo device in every room of his house.
Bezos also has a connection to iRobot – he previously served as a strategic advisor to the company.
alexa absorbed the roomba to become more powerful get your head out of your ass jeff pic.twitter.com/xO6NGVJPeW
— paris martineau (@parismartineau) July 30, 2018