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Amazon buys iRobot, maker of Roomba robot vacuum cleaners

The e-commerce giant just acquired iRobot for $1.7 billion. Thus, Amazon is the owner of a wide range of Roomba robot vacuum cleaners and is entering your home more and more often.

“Consumers love iRobot products and we look forward to working with this team to develop new ways to make life easier for consumers,” Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices, said after the acquisition.

But what the company doesn’t say is that it has offered itself an incredible database to get to know users’ homes as best as possible. Indeed, Roomba robots are known for their superior ability to map your rooms. Combined with the Alexa assistant, Amazon can listen, see, and recognize the various rooms in your home.

More than 40 million Roomba robots have been sold worldwide, according to iRobot. We better understand the interest of Amazon, which continues to work hard to infiltrate your homes and become a major player in the home automation market.

However, As The Verge notes, “Amazon will have to do much more to prove that it deserves this seamless access to your home. Today, for many, greater convenience is simply not worth the trade-off.”

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