Amazon will buy iRobot for $1.7 billion. The deal, which the companies announced Friday morning, will make the popular Roomba line of vacuum cleaners part of the Amazon family and accelerate deeper integration with Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa and the company’s smarthome ecosystem.

Founded in 1990 by MIT roboticists Colin Angle and Helen Greiner, the company struggled through most of the 1990s trying to break into the toy game with a very real and terrifying robotic robot. my real doll (opens in new tab). iRobot, however, struck gold when it moved away from anthropomorphic bots and into the utility robot space, introducing its first Roomba vacuum robot in 2002.