Amazon has bought a Silicon Valley Wi-Fi router maker that will help keep its ever-growing line of smart home products online in homes that suffer from patchy internet coverage.
The Seattle-based company said it will acquire Eero, which makes WiFi extending mesh routers that consumers plug into rooms that have become connectivity black holes, marking a continued aggressive push into consumers’ homes.
Dave Limp, Amazon Devices and Services chief said: "We are incredibly impressed with the Eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work.
“We have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continue innovating on behalf of customers.”
Rival Google offers a similar product, which similarly to Eero, has parental controls that can switch off the internet in a child’s bedroom using a smartphone app.
Eero promised customers it would not track customers’ internet activity after the acquisition, writing on Twitter that it took privacy "very seriously" and would continue to protect it after the merger takes place.
Amazon plans to launch a smart microwave along with eight new devices powered by Alexa, its voice assistant by the end of the year.
It is currently hiring for top secret home device which it describes as “essential” and “loveable”, prompting speculation that a house robot might be on its roadmap.
The announcement will be a welcome respite for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who has been splashed across newspapers, magazines and websites after the National Enquirer published an expose on his affair with a Fox News anchor.