Amazon has acquired iRobot – the market leader in consumer robots – for $1.7 billion. This equates to $61 per share. iRobot will fall under Amazon Devices after the acquisition. iRobot announced this today. We may soon be talking about an Amazon Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.
Amazon completes smart home portfolio with Roomba robot vacuums
Internet giant Amazon has also been developing robots for several years. Astro, a domestic robot, is a good example of this. With the acquisition of iRobot, Amazon is adding smart robot vacuums to its portfolio of smart devices.
With the acquisition of iRobot, Amazon adds smart robot vacuums to its portfolio of smart devices
Amazon also previously acquired Ring (smart home doorbells) and Blink (smart cameras). And that’s not all. Amazon itself also has smart speakers and displays, where its own voice assistant Alexa can be found under the hood.
iRobot active since 2002
Since 2002 iRobot has been developing smart robot vacuum cleaners under the name Roomba. These robot vacuum cleaners run on iRobot’s own software: iRobot OS. Robot vacuum cleaners are getting smarter. For example, this website reported earlier this year that iRobot developed a robot vacuum cleaner that can dodge dog poop. At vacuum tester. we tested this vacuum cleaner. Watch the iRobot Roomba J7+ review in the video below.
Colin Angle, iRobot CEO, will remain in his position after the acquisition. “I’m extremely excited to be part of Amazon and to see what we can build together for customers in the coming years,” said Angle.