Amazon announced on Friday that it would buy iRobot. According to its own statements, the retail group offers 61 dollars per share, making the total price around $1.7 billion. iRobot was founded 1990 by three employees at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Co-founder Colin Angle will remain CEO.
Initially iRobot developed robots for military and police. However, the company became known as the manufacturer of the vacuum cleaner robots called Roomba. The first model was introduced 2002. 30 According to the company, millions of units were sold by 2000 sold. This was followed by the mopping robot Scooba, the pool cleaning robot Verro and the gutter cleaning robot Looj. 2002 iRobot sold its military and security robots division to Arlington Capital Partners.
Interfaces between the two companies have long existed: Roombas can be controlled via Amazon’s digital language assistant Alexa, and iRobot also uses Amazon servers