Amazon's gonna get millions of houses' plans through iRobot absorption

Amazon's gonna get millions of houses' plans through iRobot absorption

The iRobot company agreed to take Amazon for $1.7 billion. If the deal goes down, the e-commerce giant will gain access to a giant source of personal data, the plans of the Roomba robots' homes.

The iRobot originally built robots for the U.S. Army, but 20 years ago added consumer vacuum cleaners to the range. In 2016, the company withdrew from the defense business. Roomba robots are smart enough: they are controlled by the I.I. Algoritms and build their own plans for cleaning facilities.

Amazon wants to know everything that's going on in people's homes: in 2018, the company absorbed Ring's video call manufacturer, a year later, a wireless router in Eero. Thousands of smart devices in homes are controlled by Alexa's voice assistant. The company plans to buy One Medical primary care and is willing to spend $3.49 billion on it, which is about millions of people's health data.

His plans for an iRobot information base at Amazon didn't say anything, but Alexander Miller's representative assured us that the client's data was safe. Although Ring's cooperating with the U.S. police and fire department last month admitted that she was providing smart door calls video to law enforcement agencies.

Now in Amazon's range, there's an Astro home robot announced last fall. The machine has no specific purpose; the manufacturer sees the potential of the car in domestic monitoring and safety. Like the Always Home Cam camera, the Astro is still available to only a few customers, and Amazon doesn't say when the car goes public.

At the same time, a software upgrade was recently released, and a home assistant learned to add new spaces to existing plans, not starting a map expedition from scratch, and Vice-President Amazon of Consumer Robotics, Ken Washington, said that Astro would soon learn to interact with each other and be able to move along the stairs.

The effects of iRobot absorption will become known later, but Amazon now knows that people buy and eat what they watch and read, and what drugs they get from the prescription, and it's hardly going to end up like this.