Amazon to acquire Roomba vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7B
The company’s newest system, the Roomba j7+, includes a software platform dubbed iRobot OS that enables users to specify in advance which rooms the robot should clean and when. Alongside the Roomba series, iRobot offers educational robots that are used to teach programming skills, plus a line of handheld vacuums. Additionally, the company moved into the residential air purifier market last year through the purchase of Switzerland-based electronics maker Aeris Cleantec AG. “Over many years, the iRobot team has proven its ability to reinvent how people clean with products that are incredibly practical and inventive.” Amazon uses robots extensively in its fulfillment centers to process e-commerce purchases. After the acquisition of iRobot closes, Amazon could potentially draw on its technical expertise to help enhance the Roomba product lineup’s capabilities.
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