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iRobot CEO: IoT Consumer Market Is A 'Failed Promise'
Taken from Colin’s recent speech at AWS about robots in the smart home. “At this moment in time, the consumer Internet of Things – which is very different from the commercial Internet of Things – is somewhat of a failed promise.”
— CRN - Meghan Ottolini
Amazon Prime Day Sales Were Up 60%, and Robot Vacuum Cleaners Sold Like Crazy
“Consider how successful a day it was for robots alone: Amazon Prime members purchased more than 23,000 iRobot Roombas, the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners.”
— AdWeek - Christopher Heine
Everyone buy two Roombas, because it's time for Roomba pong
“Wait, wait. Roombas will clean for us AND make beer pong cooler? What can’t they do?”
— Mashable - Ryan Creamer
Roomba maker iRobot may make robots that talk to your smart home devices
“Speaking on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask,
iRobot vice president of technology Chris Jones said he’s thinking about robots that act as mobile sensors, traversing the home and measuring things like temperature and humidity. Speaking with Kara Swisher and special guest host Dan Frommer, Jones said that potential route would build on iRobot’s advancements in understanding a home’s geography.”
— Recode - Eric Johnson
iRobot CEO on tech's future: Imagine your whole home as a robot
iRobot CEO Colin Angle shares his vision of a not-so-distant robotic future in today’s speech during the annual LiveWorx conference in Boston. “This vision that I’ve described, this hope of the future, is taking shape today.” Angle said this vision of a connected home is between five to seven years away, and that the experience he's describing is "largely inevitable."
— Boston Business Journal - Sara Castellanos
Deals of the Day: Robots can beat activists
Shareholders of iRobot Inc. elected the Roomba maker’s board nominees, rejecting two directors nominated by activist investor Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, iRobot said Wednesday.
— The Wall Street Journal - Erik Holm
7 state-of-the-art gadgets that will help keep your house clean
“iRobot is a name synonymous with floor vacuums, but the Braava jet stakes its claim on the wet world of robotic mopping.” Listed as one of seven state-of-the-art gadgets, the Braava jet lets you check one more item off of your chore list.
— Mashable - Jeana Lee Tahnk
These gadgets will tackle your spring cleaning
“Good thing there’s still a whole robot army to help tackle the cleaning in the inside of your house; there are robots that scrub your floors like the new iRobot Braava,” states tech journalist Jennifer Jolly. Jolly recommends the Braava jet as a top gadget to tackle spring cleaning in your household.
— USA Today - Jennifer Jolly
37 Products That Just Might Make You Infinitely Happier
BuzzFeed recently asked its readers to share what purchase helped improve their mental health. Coming in at No. 6 is the iRobot Roomba. As one reader put it, “I’m a serious neat freak, but sometimes I just run out of time and energy to vacuum. Even though I have to clean and maintain the Roomba daily, it’s still nice to come home every day and my floors are clean. I don’t think I would have ever bought one for myself, so it’s definitely one of the best and most useful gifts I’ve ever received.”
— BuzzFeed - Anna Borges
11 Chic and Life-Changing Tech Gadgets for Your Home
Vogue recommends the iRobot Roomba 880 as a top stylish and functional home tech item. “Never lug out your vacuum again—just push a button and let this little robot roam around your house.”
— Vogue - Samantha Rees
Spring clean the high-tech way with these 5 gadgets
Fox News mentions the iRobot Braava jet as “an incredibly intuitive gadget” for your dire spring cleaning needs. The Braava jet’s $199 USD price tag is mentioned to be a positive, along with leaving your floors dry following a mop session.
— Fox News - Molly Dodd
The Greatest Gear of the 21st Century
Just 16 years in, it's been a banner century for gear. The biggest stories in consumer products have been about insurgencies — old tech being overtaken by new. Still the most successful line of consumer robots ever built, the Roomba robotic vacuum was also a gateway machine for budding roboticists. In 2007, iRobot made Roombas even more hacker-friendly, adding a connector and software interface (replacing the need for jury-rigged gear and code), to its iconic 400 Series, which was the first to calculate room size.
— Men's Journal - Erik Sofge
The Best Robot Vacuums
Following a series of tests, the iRobot Roomba 650 beats the Neato D80 and Neato Botvac Connected. As this article is a syndication of an earlier robotic’s vacuum “buyer’s guide” posted on the Sweethome in February, the Roomba is considered to be a consumer’s best choice and “smart money-pick.”
iRobot's Braava jet robot mop is smart, small and just $199
Braava jet can mop, spot clean and sweep using iRobot's own custom-built cleaning pads. "It's our first robot with real consumables. We put a lot of technology into the cleaning pads," iRobot CEO and Co-Founder Colin Angle told me when I met with him at South by Southwest in Austin.
— Mashable - Lance Ulanoff
5 smart home gadgets to create your home of the future
What is better than a house that cleans itself? Kim Komando includes the iRobot Roomba 980 in this smart home product roundup.
— Fox News
The best robot vacuum
Engadget labels the iRobot Roomba 650 as the best robotic vacuum cleaner, in conclusion of 30 cleaning cycle test with four top robot vacuums. The Roomba 650 is credited for its affordable price in comparison to the Roomba 980.
The war for tech talent escalates
How fierce is the competition for technical talent in Massachusetts? “I’ve had a long career in human resources and watched a lot of [hiring] cycles, and this is as intense as any of them,” states iRobot executive vice president of human resources Russ Campanello.
— The Boston Globe
Everything You Need For a Romantic, Valentine's Date Night At Home: SHOP
What’s a better way to win your lover’s heart than purchasing an iRobot Roomba 980 for the house? iRobot’s newest robotic vacuum cleaners are featured as the key to a clean and inviting home on “date night.”
— Hollywood Life
The Ultimate Guide to Tech@50+
The Roomba 650 has been selected as one of AARP’s favorites for having the ability to save your back and your time.
Hilton test guest-greeting robots and noise cancelling rooms
The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel has recently implemented the testing of guest greeting robots and noise cancelling rooms through partnerships with Google, 3M and iRobot.
— The Washington Post
Robot vacuums: Roomba vs. Neato vs. Deebot
Ben Popper of The Verge compares the Roomba 980 with other new offerings in the robot vacuum cleaner category.
— The Verge
BUSTED WALLET’S GEAR OF THE YEAR – 2015
"The iRobot Roomba 880 is a geniously designed, powerful cleaning machine. It does the job you don’t want to do, when you want it to do it."
— Busted Wallet - Busted Wallet Staff
The future is now: 5 robots you can already buy today
"Roomba 650 and Braava 380t are two of the five commercially available robots that can help you listed in this article."
Christmas 2015: Top 5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners
"This newest iRobot vacuum cleaner is an ideal gift for anyone who wants the latest iRobot Roomba model with updated navigation technology and several new features."
— Heavy - Kate Halse
Review: iRobot Roomba 980
“Overall, I’m very happy (and more than a little bit impressed) by how the Roomba 980 handles itself. It can get around my entire apartment without me having to think about it, it doesn’t miss spots, it’s fast and efficient, and it cleans easily as well as my 880 does."
— IEEE Spectrum - Evan Ackerman
Ten unique holiday gifts made by Mass.-based tech firms, startups
"The Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner is a favorite. How awesome to be able to just set it and forget it! For households that gather tumbleweeds 24 hours after vacuuming, this device is a godsend."
— Boston Business Journal - Sara Castellanos
2015 Robot Gift Guide
"Roomba 980, Roomba 560 and Looj 330 are included in this holiday gift guide for drones, robot toys and home robots."
— IEEE Spectrum - Erico Guizzo and Evan Ackerman
Smart Ways To Save Space
"Open up your storage closet. What’s taking up the most space? I’ll bet it’s a large vacuum cleaner. If that’s the case, it’s time to upgrade to this tiny, round robot that not only saves space in your closet, but does your cleaning for you. Schedule daily cleanings or tell it to start up directly from an app on your smartphone."
— Ask Men - Dan Michel
Holiday Gift Ideas 2015: Home Essentials
“The newest model of the Roomba lets you control the Wi-Fi-equipped vacuum bot directly from your phone. Your living room just got a whole lot cleaner, and party tricks just got even better. Your shaggy pet never stood a chance."
— The Verge
Can Massachusetts grow the next EMC?
"iRobot has the potential to grow much bigger — and remain a central player– as robots continue to move spread from the factory and battlefield into the consumer market."
— The Boston Globe - Scott Kirsner
How iRobot Could Control Your Smart Home and Become Your Butler
"In 2002, Colin Angle sent his army of Roombas into our homes. For years they've done a great job sucking up dirt. His newest model, the 980, does a heck of a lot more. It maps your home so a future model might one day navigate it as your personal butler."
— Popular Science - Lindsey Kratochwill
Why Your Gadgets Can Now ‘See’ in 3-D
"Computer vision enables robots to navigate their surroundings and avoid obstacles, similar to the newest version of the Roomba robotic vacuum."
— The Wall Street Journal - Jack Nicas
Massachusetts emerges as a robot industry powerhouse
“iRobot is an anchor of a burgeoning Massachusetts robotics industry that includes more than 100 companies, employs more than 3,000, and attracts tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars of investments.
— The Boston Globe - Nidhi Subbaraman
Appliance Science: How robotic vacuums navigate
"We have reviewed products like the iRobot Roomba 980 that include a scary amount of electronic smarts. So, how do these marvels of modern cleaning technology navigate their way around your home? There are two parts to the answer: sensors and smarts."
— CNET - Richard Baguley, Colin McDonald
U.S. Navy orders new robots, servicing
"iRobot has received contracts from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center for support services for MK1 robots in use and for production of new units."
Local firms show off drones and bots for law enforcement
"iRobot showed off a new user interface that will let police and soldiers control the company’s venerable PackBot robots with a touchscreen tablet."
— The Boston Globe - Hiawatha Bray
Smart Little Suckers: Next-Gen Robot Vacuums
"Don’t have time to vacuum before a last-minute guest comes over? No worries. Just turn on your robo housekeeper from the grocery store."
— The Wall Street Journal - Nathan Olivarez-Giles
New iRobot Roomba Keeps Your Whole Home Clean
“iRobot, the Apple of the robot vacuum cleaner world, has made a breakthrough in robotic cleaning with its latest model, the Roomba 980.
— Techlicious - Stewart Wolpin
Cloud-connected Roomba sucks (in a good way)
“My kids' nanny who is a stickler for cleanliness praised Roomba for how well it sucked up dirt and crumbs, especially in a carpeted family room.
— USA Today - Edward C. Baig
iRobot's Roomba 980 Maps Your Home Via Camera and Takes Smartphone Commands
“There’s a reason iRobot is calling the Roomba 980 its smartest robo-vac yet. Not only does the camera that help it map it’s going and where it’s been, this is the first Roomba that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, allowing you to command it with a smartphone. Even if you’re not in the house.
— The Wall Street Journal - Nathan Olivarez-Giles
This Is The Most Advanced Roomba Ever Made
“See Fido knock over a potted plant? Dispatch a Roomba to clean things up before you even get home.
— TIME - Alex Fitzpatrick
You Can Finally Control Your Roomba With Your Phone
“It’s hard not to overstate the importance of the app update; it’s honestly crazy-making to think that before this, Roomba owners owned a robot they couldn’t control from their phones.
— WIRED - Molly McHugh
Robot Vacuum Review
The Gold Award Winner goes to the iRobot Roomba 880 in this lineup of ten robotic vacuums.
— Top Ten Reviews
iRobot to deliver 110 FirstLook robots to US Navy
"Robotic technology-based solutions provider iRobot has secured an order from the US Navy to deliver its model 110 FirstLook robots and accessories."
— Naval Technology
Career Focus: The Three *New* Laws of Roboticists
'To bring a robot to life is an enormously complex and challenging role,' says Russ Campanello, executive V.P. of human resources for iRobot, the company behind the Roomba robotic vacuum and a wide range of medical, communication, and defense and security robots."
— IEEE USA - John R. Platt
The future is now!
"Hailed as a major step forward for telemedicine, the RP-VITA is now scooting through hospital hallways thanks to Bedford-based iRobot, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary."
— The Improper Bostonian - Matt Martinelli
How robots are taking over our homes - but not as you'd expect
iRobot founder and CEO Colin Angle is quoted in this article on the future of home robots and his hopes of using roving robots to create a digital map of our homes.
— Financial Times
Made in Massachusetts: Robots
"From floors to the front line, Bedford-based iRobot is on the cutting edge of robot technology. The roots of robot technology seem primitive, but now, iRobot makes some of the most advanced products in the world."
— WHDH Boston - Nick Emmons
Telemedicine puts a doctor virtually at your bedside
RP-VITA is featured in this news hour about how telemedicine is beginning to transform the way we experience the medical system.
— PBS Newshour
Study: The Most Effective Ads in Q2 Were Clear Pitches for New Products
iRobot and Mercedez-Benz both had successful commercials in Q2, and much of their success was attributed to the fact that they told a story in a compelling way while also including new product features.
The newest employee at Boston tech firm Carbonite isn't human
"[Carbonite's] newest hire is a telepresence robot called Ava 500, made by Bedford-based robot maker iRobot."
— Boston Business Journal - Sara Castellanos
States battle in the race to win US robotics war
More than 10 million home robots have been sold worldwide by iRobot, the publicly traded Massachusetts-based company well known to humans—and felines—for its automated Roomba vacuum cleaners."
— CNBC - Andrew Zaleski
Stop laughing at those clumsy humanoid robots
"Even the people at iRobot—makers of tracked bomb disposal bots and the hockey puck-shaped, wheeled Roomba cleaning robot—agree. “Manipulation tasks, using their arms to do things like open a door, turn a valve, or unplug and plug an electrical cord are very hard tasks,” says Chris Jones, director of strategic technology development at iRobot."
— Wired - Matt Simon
The Everything Guide to Doing Nothing
"No effort: The fast-charging iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (an evolution of the beloved vacuum by the same brand) is guided via GPS to wipe up dirt, hair, and dust from any hard-surface floors, including vinyl, wood, and laminate, using an attached dry or damp cleaning cloth."
— New York Magazine
Build your own robot butler with these 5 gadgets that can make your life easier
Not only will it entertain your cat for you, Roomba sweeps both hard wood and carpet with no human assistance. The bot is guided by 360-degree censors as it covers every inch of your home's floor. Schedule cleaning or activate as needed. Oh, and it docks and charges itself.
— New York Daily News - Colter Hettich
Robotic Vacuum Faceoff: Roomba 880 vs. Roomba 870
You’ve likely heard of the popular iRobot brand of technologically advanced cleaners, but do you know what makes one of the manufacturer’s products better than another? We put the iRobot Roomba 880 and the iRobot Roomba 870 head to head to find out the secret behind those confusing product model numbers.
— Nerd Wallet - Courtney Jespersen
Best robotic vacuums from Consumer Reports' tests
Robotic vacuums such as the six we’ve tested won’t clean carpets as well as your average upright or canister, but those vacuums can’t push themselves around. And the $700 iRobot Roomba 880 topped our chart with great pickup and smart navigation.
— Consumer Reports
iRobot wants to map your house and connect your smart home
iRobot, the company that makes Roombas, wants to start making photorealistic 3D maps of homes, so you can more accurately tell your vacuum where to clean. The company wants to make smart homes more intelligent by thinking of the whole house as more of a “system,” co-founder and CEO Colin Angle told Mashable.
— Digital Trends - Krystle Vermes
Roomba maker has plans to crown robots ruler of the smart home
The key to scaling the idea of a smart home could be maps. iRobot has ostensibly been making smart home devices longer than anyone, but most think of its Roomba robotic vacuum as an appliance and of iRobot as an appliance company. On the cusp of its second quarter century, iRobot thinks it can change that perception by officially entering the smart home field, but through a side door.
— Mashable - Lance Ulanoff
Navy Robots Test the Limits of Autonomy
Remote-controlled unmanned robots have been in use by the military for over a decade. IRobot’s Packbot defuses bombs, armed drones track and strike their targets and the MK-18, an underwater torpedo-shaped vehicle, mimics a dolphin’s sonar to locate mines on the ocean floor. What these robots have in common is that there is one person directly controlling them.
— The New York Times
Mother's Day gift guide 2015: Five ways to say thanks, Mom
Keeping the house neat and tidy isn't just a job for mom, but some of those chores don't need to be a job for anybody either these days. Thanks to iRobot's Roomba line, we are able to delegate some of the more menial tasks of housekeeping to these self-operating vacuum cleaners, freeing us to do more significant chores.
— Slash Gear - JC Torres
32 Useful Productivity Gadgets for 2015
The iRobot Ava is designed to reduce airfare costs–you can control it from any computer. Videoconferencing robots came out a few years ago, but now they are starting to appear in business because they now support more applications and integrate into networks easier.
— TIME - John Brandon
Still need to get a Mother's Day gift? Here are some gadgets she'll actually use
Does anyone think their mom actually enjoyed picking up after them? Pay her back for all those times she helped you clean your room by lightening her chore load. There’s always the iRobot Scooba ($550), which scrubs floors clean, or the Swash Express Clothing Care System, a device that de-wrinkles and refreshes clothes.
— Digital Trends - Jenny McGrath
iRobot: Making Strides in the Promising Robotics Industry
The management is right to be optimistic about iRobot's future, as the company has much to look forward to. While iRobot is still primarily involved in consumer robotics, opportunities in robotic segments outside of this arena are becoming more promising.
— Seeking Alpha
Using robots to ignite kids' excitement for science
iRobot's Colin Angle on what they are doing to inspir
e students to get involved with STEM during National Robotics Week.
— Fox News
How the Roomba sparked a hacking revolution
But it’s not just a smart vacuum cleaner: The Roomba is one of the most popular robots for do-it-yourself hacking and tinkering. In fact iRobot, creators of the Roomba, released the Create 2 just for that purpose: It's a hackable version of the robot that’s used for research, science, and technology education.
— The Daily Dot - Selena Larson
6 robot cleaners that will keep your house looking spotless
If you're looking for a mopping robot, this little robot will do all the mopping that you dread. The "whisper-quiet" iRobot Braava 320 cleans open areas in a room, and turns itself off once it's done. It cleans hard surfaces including vinyl, hardwood, and laminate.
— Houston Chronicle
Spring cleaning without lifting a finger
Spring means melting snow, budding trees, and of course, the dreaded spring cleaning. But spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Before you start this spring, take a look at some of these robo-cleaners, including the iRobot Roomba 880 and Looj, which will have your house looking great without you having to break a sweat.
— Fox News - Adam Verwymeren
Battle of the Floorbots: Roomba Takes on 3 Challengers
If you didn’t have to pay for your robot vac, the Roomba would win this battle. Its navigation and cleaning are the best, its software and programming the most sophisticated, and its infrared terminals the most versatile.
— Yahoo! - David Pogue
7 Services That Will Basically Do Your Spring Cleaning For You
The home experts at Bob Villa suggest one outdoor task that you also want to make sure you don't overlook -- cleaning the gutters, which is where Looj comes in. The gutter cleaning robot, a cousin of the Roomba, promises to blast away leaves, dirt, clogs and sludge all on its own.
— The Huffington Post - Jessica Cumberbatch
White House names top Facebook engineer as first director of IT
The White house has picked David Recordon from Facebook to become its first Director of Information Technology, pictured here wearing an iRobot t-shirt.
— Engadget - Mariella Moon
Is it time to buy a robot?
You are probably aware of iRobot, maker of the Roomba, a robot vacuum cleaner that debuted in 2002. The company has also rolled out other housecleaning robots, including the Braava, which mops floors; the Scooba 450, which sweeps and scrubs floors; and the Looj 330, which tunnels through gutters, whacking away debris with blades that spin at 500 revolutions per minute.
— U.S. News - Geoff Williams
Cool pool tools
Another cool pool tool this season is iRobot’s Mirra, a pool-cleaning robot developed by the same people who created Roomba, the popular self-driven home vacuum cleaner. “Mirra is designed for daily use,” says iRobot senior product manager, Jeff Karlson, “It’s very easy to use with minimum set up, and takes one of the messiest pool cleaning jobs – debris management – and makes it a breeze.
— Ocean Home
iRobot Roomba 770 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review
The Roomba 770 earns an “Editor’s Choice” Award (9/10) in this positive review. “As a generalist, the iRobot Roomba 770 is one of the best robot vacuums out there. In our tests, it did what a robot vacuum should: got itself where it needed to go in order to tidy up your floors between cleanings.
— Reviewed.com - Jonathan Chan
20 Gadgets to Help You Increase Your Work-From-Home Productivity
Roomba: If you're spending more time at home, your home will accumulate more dust and debris. Roomba takes care of it for you, constantly working to keep your floors clean for you.
— Inc. - Drew Hendricks
Robo Madness Boston: The Photos and Takeaways
Xconomy’s first-ever dedicated robotics event in Boston was a smash hit. Here’s hoping the local community can keep the momentum going and solidify its standing as a worldwide leader in the field.
— Xconomy - Gregory T. Huang
10 Tech Gadgets to Enhance Your Business and Lifestyle - From the iWatch to an iRobot
Soon, you can express your gratitude to the iRobot, Ava 500 (#9), your next future coworker. The Ava 500 iRobot is a free-standing, virtual collaboration robot that acts as a telepresence for workers in globally dispersed organizations.
— Design & Trend - Meg Busacca
The 20 Best Tech Products of the Last 20 Years
The first commercially available domestic robot, the Roomba vacuum cleaned your carpets, terrified the pets, and then returned to its charging station when it ran out of juice. Since then, iRobot has introduced machines for cleaning hardwood floors, gutters, and pools.
— Yahoo! - Dan Tynan
Spotlight: iRobot provides protection, productivity, and mission effectiveness for its responders
The iRobot product line of ground robots runs the gamut from small to large. It includes FirstLook®, a five-pound throwable robot, and PackBot®, a versatile robot capable of lifting more than 30 pounds and accommodating disrupters from various manufacturers.
— Police One
Best of Our Test: Robotic Vacuums
Reliable Classic - iRobot Roomba 880: The Roomba lived up to its renown, clearing 90% of soil on bare floors and 73% on carpets, thanks in part to a side brush that gathers debris from corners.
— Good Housekeeping
Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2015
Romantic in its own way, but you can also get the Roomba 800 in special Valentine’s Day colors using ColorWare and their custom paint job options. It’ll run you $700 to get a brand new customized Roomba 800 from ColorWare.
— Chip Chick
Say NO to Drug Store Chocolates: What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day
Whitney Lang Fleming of Playdates on Fridays: "Nothing says love to me like a Roomba. Yes, I want a robotic vacuum cleaner that I can run as I'm schlepping my kids all over town to their activities.
— The Huffington Post - Crystal Ponti
Is it time to buy a robotic vacuum?
The iRobot Roomba 760 was the top performer in our last tests of robotic vacuums, and the manufacturer has made a number of changes since then.
— Consumer Reports - Ed Perratore
After 12 years of Roomba, iRobot eyes startups for sector growth
The Bedford, MA-based company quietly emerged as an investor late last year, putting cash into a 3D room-mapping software startup called Paracosm. Last week, word trickled out that iRobot was planning to make its venture investing a more formal affair, with an active search for a West Coast employee to lead the effort.
— Xconomy - Curt Woodward
Five things you should know about iRobot's new venture arm
iRobot, the Bedford-based company best known for its Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, is famous for its consumer robots. Now, the company that was founded in 1990 wants to bring its resources and knowledge of robotics to other companies around the world by forming a venture capital firm.
— Boston Business Journal - David Harris
How iRobot Corporation is investing for the future
Since iRobot launched its first Roomba in 2002, the company has sold more than 10 million home robots worldwide. Perhaps unsurprisingly, home robot sales now represent about 90% of iRobot's total revenue, with the vast majority coming from its Roomba line.
— Fox Business - Steve Symington
The dawn of our robot overloads inches closer as iRobot starts VC shop
Robot domination may have just taken another step forward. Just as venture capital investments in robotics are beginning to take off, the granddaddy of consumer robotics companies, iRobot, is launching a venture capital firm.
— TechCrunch - Jonathan Shieber
The Boston robotics industry is crushing this month
The maker of the famous Roomba vacuum, iRobot showed off its new floor cleaning bot the Scooba 450 at CES earlier this month. But there was also buzz about the Bedford-based company at the event thanks to a partnership with Intel.
— BostInno - Rebecca Strong
iRobot's CTO wants bots that will map and interact with your home, not drones
In a chat with iRobot CTO Paolo Pirjanian at the Engadget CES stage today, he dove into his vision for where the company is headed. And, surprisingly enough, drones aren't part of the picture -- even though they're all the rage now. Instead, Pirjanian says he's looking forward to building smarter and taller robots that will be able understand and interact with their environment.
— Engadget - Devinda Hardawar
Intel CES 2015 keynote with CEO Brian Krzanich
Colin Angle presented via Ava 500 last night, during the Intel’s keynote presentation. A live stream of the keynote is available, Colin can be seen presenting at minute 31:40.
— CNET - Ben Fox Rubin & Nick Statt
iRobot’s newest machine is made for student hackers
"iRobot thinks it can reach that happy balance with its new Create 2 robot. It's effectively a Roomba 600 series vacuum turned into a hacker's paradise. Instead of the usual cleaning equipment, you'll find easily accessible, clearly marked spaces that practically beg for add-on hardware (like cameras and arms) and cosmetic modifications."
— Engadget - Jon Fingas
iRobot announces Create 2: An updated, hackable Roomba
"In 2007, iRobot came out with the Create, a vacuumless 400-series Roomba specifically designed to be used as a hackable mobile base. However, 2007 is a long, long time ago, especially at the pace of robot development, and the original Create was a more or less obsolete platform half a decade past. It’s not like iRobot wasn’t aware of this, and today, they’ve stepped up by announcing a brand new version of the Create, along with a renewed commitment to STEM and robotics education."
— IEEE Spectrum - Evan Ackerman
Announcing this year’s 50 on Fire Winners
This fall, BostInno covered the year's groundbreaking innovators across nine industries. In September, nominations were reviewed and 150 hot finalists were announced. iRobot, winner of 50 on Fire in the Technology category appears min 6:44 in the video displaying the company logo.
— Bostlnno - Maggie Kolb
Manny the Frenchie, dog show’s Mr. Popular
Owning the distinction of the most followed bulldog on social media, Manny the Frenchie has a following and funny disposition that makes him a well-like pup.
— NBC Sports
Inexpensive, durable plastic hands let robots get a grip
To develop a robotic gripper that can handle objects large and small, researchers at Harvard, Yale, and iRobot abandoned the familiar human hand, aiming to re-create its functions with a simpler design.
— IEEE Spectrum - Robert Howe
Holiday Gift Guide
The Roomba 880 was shown on the front page of its 2014 Holiday Gift Guide as part of a dinner table with other notable products. It was then shown in fake snow as part of the “Things You Didn’t Know you Needed” section. Engadget notes, “who doesn’t want a robot to take over the household chores? With its Roomba 880, iRobot swapped out the prior unit’s bristles for easy-to-clean rubber rollers so cleaning your floors is less of a hassle. It’s the ultimate in cool and convenience.”
Believe the IoT hype or perish: Equipping today’s graduates for tomorrow’s tech
Throughout the conference, there were many great demonstrations of robotics in action, real-time and simulated data. One of my personal favorites, and a hit with other conference guests, was iRobot Ava 500 with Cisco TelePresence, a video collaboration robot used by a conference participant who was physically in Germany.
— Wired - Peter Hirst
Roomba vs. Battle Axe
We trust them to clean our floors, but how do they stack up against a battle axe? Angry Nerd dared us to test the vacuuming robot Roomba—see what happens when we put it through a destruction test of Viking proportions.
Funny Video: Princess Jasmine cat ride Roomba, wins at Halloween
Continuing her Roomba-riding legacy – we couldn't forget her shark costume, which changed the game for vacuum-loving pets everywhere – our new Princess Jasmine is a sassy cat taking in the unbelievable sights from her favorite method of transportation.
— People - Alison Schwartz
Your grandpa’s robot helper is on the way
A rapidly expanding elderly population could also necessitate other forms of home-assistance technology. “God help us if we don’t figure it out,” Colin Angle, said during RoboBusiness, held in Boston this month. “Because over the next 20 years the ratio of people over the age of 65 to the number of people under 65 is going to change rather dramatically.”
— MIT Technology Review - Will Knight
Caring for relatives by robot
The days of extended independent living, where a robot could allow you to have a quasi-physical presence with a distant relative, talk to them, perform chores for them and possibly even have physical contact with them, is around the corner. “I spent some time talking to Youssef Saleh, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the Remote Presence Business Unit for iRobot Corporation recently announced their Ava 500 video collaboration robot.”
— Forbes - Neil Kane
iRobot CEO Colin Angle on Google, drones and robots for grandma
On Thursday I got to sit down with iRobot CEO Colin Angle after his keynote at the RoboBusiness conference in Boston, and along with hearing about the future of his Bedford company—maker of the famous Roomba vacuum—I hoped he'd be willing to openly discuss some of the new robotics frontiers in the headlines.
— Bostlnno - Kyle Alspach
Internet of things world forum: Reporter meets robot
Ava wasn’t here for fun, so Youssef Saleh walked up behind me. He’s senior VP and general manager, remote presence, for iRobot, the company that makes her, and he started giving me the particulars. iRobot, the maker of Roomba, the disc-shaped robotic vacuum cleaner that scurries across the floor, launched Ava in 2013 and started selling her this year, Saleh said.
— Chicago Tribune - John Carpenter
Tech that’s revolutionizing your daily chores
The Roomba is useful for more than just creating smash YouTube videos with your cat or periodic cameos on Breaking Bad — it also means you'll never have to spend hours sweeping and vacuuming again.
— Mashable - Stephanie Walden
iRobot uPoint turns military robot control into tablet play
Controlling these $100,000-plus robots takes a lot of patience and training, but that’s all about to change. “It’s so easy to use anyone can do it – even this reporter.”
— Mashable - Lance Ulanoff
iRobot makes robotics controls easier for the Average Joe
Instead of different kinds of controls for different robots, the company on Thursday unveiled a new controller system -- an app called uPoint Multi-Robot Control that allows someone to operate multiple robots from a tablet touch screen.
— CNET - Ben Fox Rubin
2 Mass. teens head to national science fair
Using an iRobot Create system as a base — a non-vacuuming, customizable version of the self-maneuvering Roomba — along with a laptop, software, and a Microsoft Kinect video game console, Giedraitis created a robot that can navigate a room and detect changes as obstacles are added and taken away, avoiding them on its own power. His work was awarded a first-place prize at the state science fair.
— The Boston Globe - Kiera Blessing
New iRobot app lets you control a ‘bot army with an Android tablet
Touchscreen navigation makes these complex robots surprisingly simple to operate, but the new uPoint system also adds new capabilities to existing setups. According to iRobot, multiple people can watch live video streams or view sensor data from robots in several locations.
— Wired - Tim Moynihan
Tired of tedious tasks? Meet the smarter home
Robotic vacuums have come a long way since they were first introduced, so much so that owning one will benefit just about anyone. If you let the iRobot Roomba 650 – arguably the best all-round robot at the moment – run along your floor a few times a week while you’re away at work, you can leave your clumsy vacuum in the closet for several weeks while the ’bot snags dust and crumbs before they can collect into an embarrassing mess.
— The Wall Street Journal - Alexander George
The day we brought our robot home
“What we didn’t expect, however, was the depth to which we would try and make our new iRobot Braava human, or at least human-ish, by giving it identifiable characteristics. It wasn’t so much that we had simply bought a piece of technology, it was like we had adopted a “something” and that that “something” had a relationship with us.”
— The Atlantic - Lydia Pyne
Small unmanned systems find growing security role
"Industry leader iRobot has developed tools that will climb stairs and lift up to 15 pounds, serving as forward-looking assets in urban situations where elevators have gone out. “Those sensors have gotten smaller; the interfaces have gotten easier to integrate. We don’t need a really large platform anymore to have a whole host of sensors,” said Tom Phelps, director of robotics products for iRobot North America."
— Federal Times - Adam Stone
Build Tomorrow: Bomb-Sniffing Robot
"Technology is advancing so quickly, it seems that every steep challenge has a surprising solution. Here, CNN innovation correspondent Rachel Crane takes a look at eight big ideas making life better every day."
— CNN - Rachel Crane
ColorWare partners with iRobot to deliver one colorful Roomba 800
“There is no need to worry about chipping or peeling, so far the Roomba 800 has been able to handle loads of pet hair and the occasional smack into some wood molding. The paint job has remained unscathed.”
— Chip Chick
Robot Wars: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 vs. Roomba 650
"Robots have taken over, indoors and out. Here we pit two of the most popular household bots—drones and Roombas—against each other. Are you ready to Roomba?"
— Fortune - Robert Hackett
Never mop your floors again
"The Scooba 450 is their newest product, which launched this year as an update to earlier versions. It’s the only robot on the market that scrubs floors. The Scooba 450 is breaking new ground in the home cleaning department."
— Gear Patrol - Jeremy Berger
Demo: High-end household gadgets
"Adam Housley tests out gear for your cooking, cleaning needs. Roomba 880 demoed as the only household cleaning gadget."
— Fox News - Adam Housley
Canadian defense department awards $9.6m in contracts to iRobot
"Bedford’s iRobot Corp. said Monday that it has been awarded a contract from the Canadian Department of National Defense for robots designed to detect chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. The contract calls for 20 of the company’s 510 PackBot robots to be delivered by April."
— Boston Globe - Chris Reidy
The most expensive mop in the world
In-depth look at the Scooba 450, "there are a small handle of robots on the market that offer to mop up your muck of the Scooba 450 may be the most diligent of the bunch."
7 college dorm design ideas
"Rather than let your kid live in filth, you can spring for a Roomba or Braava. These little cleaning bots will make sure the cleaning is done on schedule, without taking time away from studying."
— Fox News - Adam Verwymeren
RP-VITA robot extends specialized medical care
"iRobot is a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions. InTouch Health describes itself as the leader in acute-care technologies including high-acuity consults where immediate clinical action is required. Combined, they allow for patient-physician interactions from almost any location."
— MedTech Boston - Aine Cryts
A look inside iRobot’s futuristic robot empire
“We recently took a trip to iRobot’s headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts, to talk about what’s in store for iRobot and the robotics industry as a whole. Along the way, we also got to play with some pretty cool tech.”
— Reviewed.com - Tyler Wells Lynch
iRobot: From R2-D2 to practical robots
“The piece is about how iRobot brought machines to clean houses, defuse bombs and diagnose patients. The article is comprised of Q&A with all three founders and features a picture gallery of past and present iRobot products.”
— Fortune - Dinah Eng
Let’s get ready to Roomba: iRobot’s Roomba 880, reviewed
In a very positive review of the Roomba 800 series, Popular Mechanics digs into the engineering success behind iRobot’s latest innovation. “First off, kudos to iRobot for rethinking how vacuums clean in the first place. The new AeroForce Performance Cleaning system replaces bristles—so often clogged with tangled hair on earlier models—with two brushless counter-rotating extractors that are engineered to focus the airflow between them and enhance the 880's suction power by up to 50%.”
— Popular Mechanics - Heidi David
6 smart robots taking over the world
“The Scooba is three times more powerful. The brushes spin at 600RPMs compared to the 200RPMs of the last model.”
— Fox News - John Brandon
iRobot Mirra 530 pool cleaner review
Overall positive review of the Mirra 530, “simple to use and a great cleaner.”
— Charles & Hudson - Sal Vaglica
Meet the robot that made me want more robots
“You’d have thought a new family member had arrived the way my family took photos and notified relatives and friends. It was kind of a big deal—more so than I thought it would be—handing off an item of our collective chore list to an automaton.”
— ReadWrite - Chris McConnell
iRobot: Smart homes should have one brainy bot to run the show
“Forget about smart lights and other connected devices when you imagine a truly futuristic home. iRobot CEO says future homes won’t have to smart, they just need one super-bot that is.”
— CNET - Brian Bennett
Cameras, robots and GPS: Small tech firms seek World Cup boost
Tim Trainer, the vice president of robotic products for Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot Corp., said an event like the World Cup is also an opportunity to branch out into new business categories.
— The Wall Street Journal - Will Connors
Looking to the future of police robotics
“The use of robotics in police work requires an integration of policy, infrastructure and common sense.”
— Police One - Lindsey Bertomen
The best tech to buy the non-techie in your life
Roomba listed as a gift to buy the non-techie in your life.
— USA Today - Marc Saltzman
The most important people working in robotics today
Colin Angle named one of the most important people in robotics.
— Business Insider - Dylan Love
iRobot Develops New Breed of Telepresence Robot
The Boston Globe recognizes 56 leaders in Massachusetts that have become game changers, featuring iRobot and the Ava 500.
— The Boston Globe - Scott Kirsner
Robots enhance World Cup security
"iRobot Corporation CEO Colin Angle explains how PackBots are working to enhance safety at World Cup venues."
iRobot Roomba 880 Review
Extensive Roomba 880 review awarded 4/5 stars. Easy setup, superior cleaning performance, and large dustbin are some of the highs from the review.
— Digital Trends - Drew Prindle
Minefield Robots and Other Crazy Tech Additions to This Year’s World Cup
A review of the different technologies being utilized in this year’s World Cup, including the PackBot. “Instead of clearing bunkers and crossing minefields in Afghanistan and Iraq, 30 iRobot 510 PackBots will check suspicious packages and provide extra surveillance at the dozen World Cup venues.”
— Wired - Alexandra Chang
Gadget Rewind 2004: iRobot Roomba Discovery
A look at the history of the Roomba and Scooba over the past 12 years.
— Engadget - Jon Turi
iRobot Cracked Open A Huge Market By Ignoring Everything People Thought About Robots
In an interview with CEO Colin Angle Business Insider looks towards the future of both iRobot and the robotics industry as a whole.
— Business Insider - Dylan Love
So, where are my robot servants?
In an article that asks the question of what it will take to put true robotic helpers and companions in the home, CEO Colin Angle is quoted saying, “While a computer program is pure software, some robot apps will be a combination of software and hardware…These apps will include not only software but maybe also files that people can use in their 3-D printers to make parts at home.”
— IEEE Spectrum - Erico Guizzo
The channel 13 news team investigates a hazardous device school found in Alabama, highlighting how PackBot is one of the most essential tools used in every single scenario, providing hands on exposure to each bomb technician.
— NBC 13 Investigates
Live like 'The Jetsons' with these Household robots
A review of robotic applications in the home and outdoor. iRobot features including the Roomba, Braava, Mirra, and Looj are featured in the story.
— NBC News - Devin Coldewey
Defense tech in 2039: The robots are coming
iRobot may be known for its Roomba vacuum, but it has a growing armory of defense and security robots. Tim Trainer demonstrated some of the robots at the company headquarters in Bedford, Mass., and he "sees a future where one person can control multiple machines operating on a single software system without having to constantly monitor them."
— CNBC - Jane Wells
iRobot Scooba 450
"It's no small investment, but the iRobot Scooba 450 is a very effective way to keep your floors sparkling without reaching for a mop and bucket."
— PC Mag - Alex Colon
iRobot Braava 320
"The iRobot Braava 320 is an intelligent and effective mop and broom for the time-pressed homeowner or apartment-dweller who's tired of doing the work by hand."
— PC Mag - Alex Colon, Lance Ulanoff
Robotic futures: The rise of the hospital Robot
When looking at the future of robots in the health field, BBC interviews Colin Angle RP-VITA.
— BBC - Richard Taylor
Robots on patrol are keeping sports fans safer
A look at the iRobot FirstLook and PackBot during the one year anniversary of the Boston Bombing, as they will be used in future events such as the World Cup, Olympics, and this year’s Boston Marathon. There was also a radio interview with Tim Trainer that was included with this article that ran nationally on NPR.
— PRI - Jason Margolis
I, robot employee
“Sadly, our modern-day work culture continues to discriminate against pants-less, non-present couch enthusiasts. But don't despair — I have seen the future, and it's on a sofa wearing shorts…iRobot has created — and some companies have begun using — the Ava 500. It looks like a sleek, round-based pedestal with a rectangular high-definition screen mounted on its wide neck.”
— Chicago Tribue - Rex Huppke
Three Questions for iRobot's CTO Paolo Pirjanian
"Most housework is still far beyond the capabilities of any robot on the market. Engineers in iRobot’s R&D labs are hoping to change that by developing technology to enable robots to understand and interact with their environment. The company’s chief technology officer, Paolo Pirjanian, met with MIT Technology Review’s Tom Simonite last week to explain."
— MIT Technology Review - Tom Simonite
The robo-race is on for the housecleaning crown
A review of the latest robotic vacuum cleaner coming from iRobot: the Roomba 880. The article takes a look at the smaller, more practical remote that comes with the robot as well as the AeroForce Cleaning System that replaces the brushes in normal vacuums with extractors that in their tests "did a terrific job".
— CNET - Rich Brown
The Company That Makes Cute Vacuums Also Makes Robots Used In Some Of The World's Most Dangerous Places
"For the past 10 years, a company called iRobot has changed the way we think about vacuum cleaners. But there's another part of the business that not a lot of people know about: It builds security and defense robots for the police and military. These robots have been used everywhere from Afghanistan at the height of the war, to Japan after the catastrophic failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant."
— Business Insider - Dylan Love
Gear: Keep a vacation rental home clean by unleashing a mopping robot
"Whether you’ve tracked in snow, mud, dirt or sand, there’s no reason you should trouble yourself with scrubbing the floors of your weekend getaway or vacation rental. Just let loose the new Scooba 450, a little robot floor mopper from the same folks who created the popular do-it-itself iRobot Roomba carpet vacuum."
— LA Times - Judi Dash
Robotic futures: Telepresence your way into work
"'Telepresence' is fast gaining traction in the workplace as videoconferencing and other technological tools become ever more sophisticated. Today users can remotely control tablets on robotic wheels around their environment." A look at the newly released Ava 500.
— BBC - Richard Taylor
The secret military tech inside household robot vacuum cleaner
CNN visits iRobot for a round of demonstrations and executive interviews. iRobot robots are featured as innovative and forward-thinking. This online article features text of interview with Colin Angle about how he started working with robots and how iRobot was started.
— CNN - Nick Glass
More Dreaded Chores Outsourced to Robots (They Do Windows)
A look at iRobot’s Home robots and how they have completely revolutionized the way people see robotics. CEO Colin Angle even mentioned that “When the first Roomba rolled off the assembly line in 2002, the idea was so new that consumers argued that it wasn’t a robot at all.”
— The New York Times - Roxie Hammill and Mike Hendricks
1:1 Youssef Saleh, SVP/GM Remote Presence Unit, iRobot Corporation
An interview with Youssef Saleh to take a look at the newly released Ava 500: "The Ava 500 is very easy to use because of its autonomous navigation capabilities, and is deployed as part of an enterprise-class solution, meaning it is secure, reliable, scalable, and interoperable with existing telepresence infrastructures. The result is that users get the “better than being there” benefits of telepresence with a true physical presence and complete freedom of movement. It’s like having a seat at the table." Article starts on page 8.
— Wainhouse Research - Andrew W. Davis
Tech to make spring cleaning a snap
"With the recent addition of the Roomba 880 to its line of products, iRobot has introduced a new top-of-the-line robo-vacuum that redesigns many elements of the beloved bot. To boost sucking power by five times and eliminate the need to untangle hair from the brushes, the company has upgraded the underside with a new brushless system."
— Fox News - Adam Verwymeren
Roomba creator: Robot doubles need more charisma
In an interview with CEO Colin Angle, New Scientist looks at the effects of having an in-home robot can have on someone.
— New Scientist - Celeste Biever
After space exploration and war, robots are ready for their biggest challenge: Conquering the home
"Colin Angle's presentation comes across as an unexpected combination of a TED talk on the future of robotics and a paean to the virtues of scrubbing your kitchen floor more regularly. That's because Angle, the CEO of iRobot - maker of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner - knows that while talk of artificial intelligence is fascinating to some, his devices will only sell if he can convince the average consumer that bots will do a better job of cleaning up than they could themselves."
— Tech Republic - Steve Ranger
iRobot Ava 500 Telepresence Robot Could Save Time, Cut Travel Costs
"What's happened is that iRobot has linked its experience with autonomous robots with Cisco's telepresence videoconference system, making a robot that can find its way around an office on its own, and interact with others as if the person who is using it were actually there. In a sense, that's because they actually are there."
— eWeek - Wayne Rash
iRobot's Ava 500 Will Attend Your Meetings For You
"The Ava 500 is virtual collaboration gadget from iRobot you can use to make your presence felt. The biggest elements in favor of telepresence robots are the freedom of movement, spontaneity and physical presence, says Youssef Saleh, senior vice president and general manager of iRobots Remote Presence business unit. Instead of being a video on the wall or a voice on the phone, you get a real presence in the room."
— The Wall Street Journal - Priya Ganapati
Investors Cheer New Product From iRobot
"Shares of iRobot gained more than 7% Monday, after the Bedford company announced its newest video collaboration robot is ready for delivery. The autonomous robot, called the Ava 500, uses a combination of mobility and video-conferencing to meet people anywhere in a building, whether it’s an office, a hallway or the production floor."
— CBS Boston - Anthony Silva
Washing The Floor Is No Fun So I Had This Robot Do It For Me
"iRobot is perhaps most famous for its line of Roomba house-vacuuming robots. But the company also has an excellent Scooba series of robots that wash your floor with detergent and water."
— Business Insider - Dylan Love
Why Boston has become the latest Technical Hub
In a clip from the feature piece on Boston becoming the next Silicon Valley, CEO Colin Angle is interviewed as to why he decided to base iRobot’s HQ in the Greater Boston Area.
— BBC World - Richard Taylor
Boot up: iPhone blood pressure, new sucking bots, bitcoin implosion, and more
"At first glance, the Roomba 880 and Scooba 450 that iRobot CEO Colin Angle gave El Reg a sneak preview of appeared pretty much the same models. However, there are significant changes in just about every respect but you'll have to flip them over and take them apart to see where all the work has been done."
— The Guardian - Bob Dorman
American robots set to help police 2014 World Cup
"That's right folks, iRobot, a Bedford, Massachusetts-based company, will supply 30 "Packbots" to the Brazilian government in a $7.2 million deal, according to Robohub, as security is high on the agenda ahead of this summer's World Cup."
— NBC Online - Joe Prince-Wright
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