Amazon Could Use IRobot Deal to Roll Into Home Care

mazon might have signaled an interest in entering the home care market without actually referring to aging, the elderly or home care.

The Seattle-based online services giant announced last week that it plans to acquire iRobot — the Bedford, Massachusetts-based manufacturer of the Roomba vacuum cleaner robots — for $1.7 billion in cash.

The announcement comes two weeks after Amazon announced an agreement to acquire One Medical, a San Francisco-based company that provides primary care through brick-and-mortar offices and telehealth systems, for $3.9 billion.

Colin Angle, the iRobot CEO, has talked about often about the role robots could play in health care and elder care.

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