Your Roomba is about to turn out to be an Amazon product

Amazon will invest in iRobot for $1.7 billion. The offer, which the providers announced on Friday morning, will make the popular Roomba line of robotic vacuums component of the Amazon household and quick-track a further integration with Amazon’s intelligent assistant Alexa and the firm’s smarthome ecosystem.

Founded in 1990 by MIT roboticists Colin Angle and Helen Greiner, the firm struggled for most of the 1990s, making an attempt to break into the toy recreation with an all-far too-actual and creepy robotic My Actual Toddler Doll (opens in new tab). iRobot, however, struck gold when it moved away from anthropomorphic bots and into the utility robotic house, introducing its initial Roomba robot vacuum in 2002.