Technology Amazon to acquire Roomba robot vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7 billion

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Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire iRobot, makers of Roomba robot vacuums. The deal is valued at approximately $1.7 billion, and Amazon will acquire iRobot for $61 per share in an all-cash transaction.

“Customers love iRobot products — and I’m excited to work with the iRobot team to invent in ways that make customers’ lives easier and more enjoyable,” says Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices. It’s not immediately clear how iRobot will be integrated into Amazon once the deal is finalized and cleared by regulators, but Amazon intends to keep Colin Angle as the CEO of iRobot.

iRobot has been designing robot vacuums since 2002, and it has sold millions of its popular Roomba vacuums. Earlier this year iRobot launched its latest iRobot OS, an AI-powered platform for its robot vacuums and mops. The iRobot OS is designed to differentiate Roomba products from competitors with additional software features and capabilities as the robot cleaning space gets increasingly competitive.

While Amazon doesn’t detail its plans for iRobot, the synergies with its other smart home products are clear. Amazon launched its $999 Astro smart home robot last year, which Verge Deputy Editor Dan Seifert described as “the love child between a Roomba and an Echo Show smart display.”

 
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