New Office Serves as Hub for Government & Industrial Robotics Division
BURLINGTON, Mass., June 2, 2004 - iRobot Corp., the world's leading manufacturer of mobile robots, today announced deployment details for PackBot , a reconnaissance and tactical robot being used in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, over 50 PackBots are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The robots have assisted in dozens of reconnaissance missions to date, with only one PackBot lost in combat. PackBots search dangerous and inaccessible areas, acting as eyes and ears for soldiers and providing real-time intelligence while keeping soldiers out of harm's way.
In addition, the Company announced it has opened a new office in Crystal City, a vital business center within view of the Pentagon. The new office will serve as a hub for the Government & Industrial Robotics division. iRobot devotes much of its research and development efforts to military applications, including explosive ordnance disposal and hazardous materials handling as well as reconnaissance and mine countermeasures.
"There is a real and immediate need for equipment that can handle risky operations such as searching hazardous areas and disabling explosive ordnance. Robots are ideally suited for these tasks because they extend the reach of U.S. soldiers while keeping them from imminent danger. Every PackBot deployment helps to spare soldiers from life-threatening situations," said Colin Angle, chief executive officer of iRobot.
iRobot Chairman Helen Greiner added, "iRobot is deeply committed to making sure soldiers get the best possible equipment for working effectively in difficult conditions far from home. Rapid adoption of PackBots is one of the reasons we are increasing our investment in the manufacturing and logistical capabilities of our Government & Industrial Robotics division. This new office in Crystal City gives us a physical presence in a community where we already have strong ties."
iRobot's PackBot is the new standard in unmanned reconnaissance and tactical robots. It is a lightweight, rugged robot that can be carried and deployed by a single soldier. PackBot offers unprecedented mobility and durability - it can be thrown into a building through a window, climb stairs, drop 20 feet and still function properly. The robot was originally developed under the Tactical Mobile Robotics program, which was sponsored by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot has a long commitment to building robotic products that make living safer and easier for people in many walks of life. Over the past 14 years, iRobot has developed and built innovative products for the military, law enforcement, industrial cleaning and toy industries, and the consumer marketplace. In 2003, co-founders Helen Greiner and Colin Angle were named Ernst & Young regional Entrepreneurs of the Year for their innovative work in technology. For additional information about iRobot, visit www.irobot.com.
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