Amazon signed an agreement to take over the company iRobot, the manufacturer of Roomba dust robots. The value of the transaction is estimated at $1.7 billion; assets are purchased from the cash account of $61 per share. This is reported on Amazon's corporate website.
The arrangements for iRobot to enter the Amazon structure after regulatory approval and closure of the transaction are not yet mentioned, but it is known that the new owner will retain the position of Director General of iRobot after the current head of Colin Englom.
The manufacturer has produced Roomba robots since 2002, which are one of the most popular in this category of household appliances, selling millions of pieces. In today's highly competitive environment, iRobot domestic cleaners are betting on their operating system with artificial intelligence algorithms and therefore large possibilities.
The specific plans for iRobot technology are not revealed by the new owner, but they are obvious: Amazon has long worked in the area of smart house, and last year even released the Astro home robot for $99.9 He plans the premises, by voice command comes to the right room, recognizes faces, answers questions, loses music, and shows the weather.