Amazon buys robot vacuum maker iRobot

The offer of the e-commerce site will value the Roomba manufacturer up to 1.7 billion dollars.

Amazon will buy robot vacuum maker iRobot for $61 a share, valuing the creator of the famous Roomba at $1.7 billion, the two companies announced on Friday.

Founded in 1990 by roboticists from MIT, iRobot makes military robots but is most famous for its robot vacuum, the first version of which was released in 2002. The Roomba is now one of the best-selling robot vacuums in the world.

“For many years, the iRobot team has proven its ability to reinvent the way people clean with incredibly convenient and inventive products,” Dave Limp, Amazon’s head of hardware peripherals, said in a statement.

For its part, Amazon launched last year in the United States a small companion robot, called Astro, which can map a house and respond to voice commands to point its camera in one room or another.

Thomas Le Roy Journalist BFM Business

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