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About iRobot company

iRobot was founded in 1990 when Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists Colin Angle and Helen Greiner teamed up with their professor Dr. Rodney Brooks with the vision of making practical robots a reality.

Today, iRobot has grown to a $249 million public company that employs more than 400 of the robot industry’s top professionals, including mechanical, electrical and software engineers and related support staff. iRobot stock trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the ticker symbol IRBT.

iRobot’s corporate headquarters are located in Bedford, Mass. The company also has offices in Virginia, North Carolina, California, the United Kingdom, France, India, China and Hong Kong.

About Our Robots
iRobot has made some of the world’s most important robots.
iRobot Home Robots: The smarter way to get it done iRobot’s home robots are revolutionizing the way people clean – inside and out. The award-winning iRobot® Roomba® floor vacuuming robot is leading the charge; more than 2 million have been sold worldwide. Roomba made practical robots a reality for the first time and showed the world that robots are here to stay. iRobot’s acclaimed line of home robots also includes the iRobot Scooba® floor washing robot, the iRobot Dirt Dog® shop sweeping robot, the iRobot Verro™ pool cleaning robot and the iRobot Looj™ gutter cleaning robot.
iRobot Government & Industrial Robots: Protecting those in harm’s way iRobot’s combat-proven government and industrial robots perform multiple missions – on the land and in the sea. More than 2,000 iRobot® PackBot® tactical mobile robots have been delivered to military and civil defense forces worldwide, performing thousands of dangerous search, reconnaissance and bomb-disposal missions while keeping troops out of harm’s way. iRobot’s line of government and industrial robots also includes the iRobot Negotiator™, an affordable surveillance robot for public safety professionals, and the iRobot Warrior, a large and rugged robot designed to carry 150-pound payloads. As a key player in the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems program, iRobot is developing a next-generation Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV). Seaglider and Ranger, iRobot’s Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), perform a variety of missions for maritime researchers and military planners.

About Our Role In The Robot Industry
As a pioneer in the emerging robot industry, iRobot’s goal is to drive innovation, serve as an industry catalyst and change the world by fueling the era of robots.
To support and encourage the development of new robot technology, iRobot provides platforms for easy integration and creation of new robot payloads, behaviors and applications.
iRobot Aware 2.0 robot intelligence software provides third-party developers with an architecture for developing networked, behavior-based robot applications. The Robot Developer’s Kit, a set of hardware tools, is designed to give developers a head start in creating advanced payloads and capabilities for all iRobot platforms. The iRobot PackBot with ICx Fido Explosives Detection Kit, an advanced security solution that identifies explosive vapors, is just one example of a successful third-party development partnership.
With the iRobot Create Programmable Mobile Robot, developers, hackers and aspiring roboticists can develop new robot applications out of the box, without having to build a mobile robot from scratch.
In addition, iRobot’s unique Educational Outreach Program is designed to inspire elementary and high school students to choose careers in the robot industry and become the roboticists of tomorrow.
With nearly two decades of leadership in the robot industry, iRobot remains committed to providing platforms for invention and discovery, developing key partnerships to foster technological exploration and building robots that improve the standards of living and safety worldwide.

This article is a copy of "Home/About iRobot" section from iRobot website

This article was published on Tuesday 10 February, 2009.
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