Amazon is about to get its hands on the maps of millions of homes after it acquires robo-vacuum cleaner company iRobot.
The online retail joint announced its plans to buy the home android company for $1.7 billion (£1.4bn). iRobot manufactures the Roomba vacuum cleaner, which automatically cleans peoples’ homes.
Using a range of smart sensors and laser scanners, the Roomba builds a map of home interiors and then cleans it.
As well as owning the robots themselves, the buyout will also mean that Amazon gets hold of all the data iRobot devices hold on their users, giving them a window directly into the homes of millions of customers.
In a statement, Dave Limp of Amazon Devices said: “Over many years, the iRobot team has proven its ability to reinvent how people clean with products that are incredibly practical and inventive—from cleaning when and where customers want while avoiding common obstacles in the home, to automatically emptying the collection bin.”
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Source: Daily Star