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iRobot, Corporate Sabotage, Stolen Plans and Destroyed Evidence

Noah Shachtman over at Wired has a very interesting look at iRobot's six year battle with Robotic FX, a company started by a former employee who allegedly (and probably) stole schematics and plans in order to build a competitor. There's too much detail to work into a short summary, but Jameel Ahed, the former… » 4/28/08 5:00pm 4/28/08 5:00pm

iRobot CEO Talks Past, Present and Future of Robotics

Very few people know more about the practical robotics industry more than iRobot CEO Colin Angle. We had a nice chat with him (he did all the talking) earlier today about the state of the robotics industry, why iRobot is essentially the only company doing what they're doing in the field, what kind of robots are coming… » 1/08/08 5:30pm 1/08/08 5:30pm

iRobot's Bomb-disposing PackBot Heads Out to War

The folks at iRobot (yeah, the same guys that make the Roomba) are ready to send their new PackBot 510 out to battle. The PackBot is a bomb-disposing robot used out in the field where it's too dangerous for soldiers to maneuver. The new PackBot 510 is 30% faster and stronger than its predecessor. It's also easier to… » 2/07/07 11:25am 2/07/07 11:25am