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Amazon buys iRobot, maker of Roomba vacuum cleaners

Unexpected acquisition of the day: Amazon announced the purchase of iRobot, the creator of Roomba vacuum cleaners. The deal values ​​iRobot shares at $61 for a total of $1.7 billion. Colin Angle, the company’s CEO, will remain in place after the operation, which will have to be greenlit by the regulator.

Since its launch in 2002, the Roomba line has continued to grow in autonomy and intelligence; More recently, the iRobot Home app has taken a liking to Siri. As for what Amazon is going to do with iRobot, that remains to be seen, but nothing stops us from thinking that, like the Ring doorbells bought in 2018, Roomba vacuum cleaners will continue their lives more or less on their own.

Amazon has long been interested in machine learning technologies, Alexa of course, as well as robotics. Last year, the e-commerce giant introduced the Astro robot, which looks like a vacuum cleaner that should hold a tablet.

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