American company specializing in the production of robotics. Best known for its automatic vacuum cleaners Roomba (dry cleaning) and Scooba (wet cleaning). There are other models, for example, the system Verro for cleaning swimming pools. But not all of the company's developments are intended for everyday life; it also deals with intelligence systems, sapper robots and other robots for the military. Some of their systems are used by scientists and the police. The number of product lines is constantly increasing, there are ground and underwater solutions. The company is doing quite well.
The company was founded in 1990 by three people from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specialized in artificial intelligence. These are Helen Greiner, Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle. The first serious order was a contract from the agency DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - an agency specializing in defense systems) to create a fully autonomous system PackBotdesigned to examine various objects in order to search for people or explosive devices. These systems are actively used by the American army in hot spots - at least 2000 units are reported to exist. PackBot.
|iRobot Roomba 780|
In 2002, the company entered the household systems market - a vacuum cleaner was introduced Roomba. In less than seven years, more than three million of these devices were sold around the world. By the middle of 2011, the company has managed to sell about six million robots of various systems and purposes.
Headquarters iRobot located in Bedford, Massachusetts headquarters (Bedford, Massachusetts).