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3 laws of robotics?!....Amazon acquires iRobot [ owns Roomba ] for about $1.7b.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 05, 2022 10:01AM
....more to worry about now than dusty bunnies....


Amazon to acquire maker of Roomba vacuums for roughly $1.7 billion

Amazon is acquiring iRobot for $61 a share, an all-cash deal that values the Roomba maker at $1.7 billion, the companies announced Friday.

Best known for its robotic vacuum Roomba, iRobot, has since expanded its product lineup to other home cleaning robots like mops and lawn mowers.

....Amazon is acquiring iRobot for $61 a share in an all-cash deal that values the Roomba maker at $1.7 billion, the companies announced Friday.

The deal will deepen Amazon's presence in consumer robotics. Amazon made a bold bet on the space last year when it unveiled the Astro home robot, a $1,449.99 device that's equipped with the company's Alexa digital assistant and can follow consumers around their homes. It also offers an array of smart home devices, like connected doorbells after its 2018 acquisition of Ring, as well as voice-activated thermometers and microwaves.

"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," said Dave Limp, Amazon's hardware devices chief, in a statement. "Customers love iRobot products — and I'm excited to work with the iRobot team to invent in ways that make customers' lives easier and more enjoyable."

The acquisition marks Amazon's fourth-largest deal, behind its $13.7 billion purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods in 2017, its $8.45 billion purchase of film studio MGM last year, and its $3.9 billion acquisition of boutique primary-care provider One Medical, announced last month.

iRobot, founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists, is best known for making the Roomba, a robotic vacuum launched in 2002 that can clean consumers' floors autonomously. It has also introduced robotic mops and pool cleaners. iRobot also has a subscription program that offers automatic equipment replenishment, among other services.

Amazon is buying iRobot at a time when the robot maker is facing broad headwinds. The company reported second-quarter results on Friday that showed a 30% decline in revenue from a year earlier, primarily due to "unanticipated order reductions, delays and cancellations" from retailers in North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

iRobot became a Covid pandemic darling in 2020 and 2021 as consumers spent more time at home and bought up robot vacuums to keep their homes clean. Its business has suffered from supply chain constraints in recent quarters. iRobot said it now has a glut of inventory amid "lower-than-expected" orders from retailers.

Revenue for the second quarter came in at $255.4 million, well short of the $303 million expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. Its losses widened to 35 cents per share, adjusted. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv had expected a loss of $1.55 per share.

iRobot said it would cut about 140 employees, or 10% of its workforce as it faces rising costs and falling revenue.

iRobot CEO Colin Angle will continue to run the company once the deal closes.

The deal will need the approval of regulators and iRobot's shareholders.

Shares of iRobot surged more than 19% in early trading after they were briefly halted following the announcement of the deal. Amazon's stock was down less than 1%.



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Re: 3 laws of robotics?!....Amazon acquires iRobot [ owns Roomba ] for about $1.7b.....
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 05, 2022 10:17AM
Bezos is a huge consumer or automation systems.. this is not a surprise.
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Re: 3 laws of robotics?!....Amazon acquires iRobot [ owns Roomba ] for about $1.7b.....
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 05, 2022 11:01AM
Now Amazon can both remotely deliver orders and suck at the same time



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Re: 3 laws of robotics?!....Amazon acquires iRobot [ owns Roomba ] for about $1.7b.....
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 05, 2022 11:34AM
Amazon acquires One Medical...
Amazon acquires iRobot...

It's all coming together for Bezos. Using robots to administer health care. Demon Seed 2030.



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Re: 3 laws of robotics?!....Amazon acquires iRobot [ owns Roomba ] for about $1.7b.....
Posted by: rz
Date: August 05, 2022 02:33PM
They'll probably add cameras to it, so not only can they listen in on you with Alexa, now they'll be able to completely spy on you as well!
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