Amazon to buy the company behind the Roomba in a $1.7 billion deal

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New York (CNN Business)Amazon (AMZN) has agreed to bargain iRobot, the shaper of the fashionable Roomba vacuum, successful an all-cash woody valued astatine astir $1.7 billion, including debt, the 2 companies announced Friday.

The deal, which is pending support from shareholders and regulators, has the imaginable to grow Amazon's robotics lineup and deepen its beingness successful consumers' homes. Last year, Amazon introduced a location robot called Astro. The $999 20-pound dog-like robot zooms from country to room, capturing unrecorded video and learning your habits.

"Over galore years, the iRobot squad has proven its quality to reinvent however radical cleanable with products that are incredibly applicable and inventive," said Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices. "I'm excited to enactment with the iRobot squad to invent successful ways that marque customers' lives easier and much enjoyable."

    After launching the archetypal Roomba successful 2002, iRobot went connected to make aggregate generations of robot vacuums, mops and aerial purifiers that volition present autumn nether Amazon's merchandise catalog.

      Shares of iRobot surged astir 20% successful pre-market trading Friday pursuing the announcement.

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