History

 

Founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists, iRobot designs and builds some of the world’s most important robots. iRobot’s home robots are revolutionizing the way people clean – inside and out. More than 10 million home robots have been sold worldwide, with the award-winning iRobot Roomba® floor vacuuming robot leading the charge. More than 5,000 of the company’s defense & security robots have been delivered to researchers, military and civil defense forces worldwide, performing thousands of dangerous search, reconnaissance and bomb-disposal missions while protecting those in harm’s way. Leveraging its state-of-the-art Ava™ mobile robotics platform, iRobot is bringing its solutions to new markets. The iRobot Ava™ 500 delivers a new level of collaboration for office environments and other facilities, and RP-VITA allows doctors to communicate with patients from virtually anywhere in the world. With two decades of leadership in the robot industry, iRobot remains committed to building robots that improve the quality of life and safety standards worldwide.

Company Milestones

2014

  • iRobot launches the Scooba® 450 floor scrubbing robot.

2013

  • iRobot launches Roomba® 800 Series, with revolutionary AeroForce Performance Cleaning System.
  • iRobot launches the Ava™ 500 video collaboration robot.
  • iRobot launches the Mirra™ 530 pool cleaning robot.
  • More than 10 million home robots sold worldwide.

2012

  • iRobot acquires Evolution Robotics.
  • More than 5,000 defense & security robots delivered worldwide.

2011

  • iRobot develops 110 FirstLook™, a small, light, throwable UGV.
  • iRobot launches the Scooba® 230 floor washing robot.
  • iRobot launches Roomba® 700 series vacuum cleaning robots.

2010

  • iRobot celebrates 20 years of making a difference.
  • iRobot co-sponsors National Robotics Week.
  • iRobot helps monitor Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

2009

  • iRobot launches SPARK education initiative.

2008

  • iRobot expands into maritime robots.
  • iRobot launches the Roomba® pet series and professional series vacuum cleaning robots.
  • iRobot wins contract to develop LANdroid communication robot.

2007

  • iRobot launches the Create® programmable mobile robot.
  • iRobot launches the Verro® pool cleaning robot.
  • iRobot launches the Looj® gutter cleaning robot.

2006

  • iRobot launches the Dirt Dog® shop sweeping robot.

2005

  • iRobot launches the Scooba® floor washing robot.
  • iRobot stock begins trading on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

2004

  • iRobot wins contract to develop Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV).

2002

  • iRobot launches the Roomba® floor vacuuming robot.
  • The iRobot PackBot® is deployed with U.S. troops for the first time.
  • iRobot and the National Geographic Society develop a robot that searches the Great Pyramid in Egypt.

2001

  • The iRobot PackBot® searches at the World Trade Center after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

1998

  • iRobot wins DARPA contract to build a tactical mobile robot, leading to development of iRobot PackBot®.

1996

  • iRobot develops Ariel™, a robot that detects and eliminates mines in surf zones.

1991

  • iRobot develops Genghis™, a robot designed for space exploration.

1990

  • MIT roboticists Colin Angle, Helen Greiner and Rodney Brooks co-found iRobot.
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