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4/21/2014
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
4/21/2014
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
4/16/2014
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
4/15/2014
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
4/14/2014
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
4/14/2014
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
4/12/2014
The robo-race is on for the housecleaning crown
"iRobot replaced the Roomba 790 that we reviewed last year with the Roomba 880. What's different? For starters, the clunky paperweight of a touch-screen remote is gone, replaced with a miniature remote that makes a lot more sense. There's also a new "AeroForce Cleaning System" that replaces the old model's bristly brushes with rubbery "extractors," and in our tests, they did a terrific job."
— CNET - Rich Brown
4/4/2014
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
4/1/2014
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
4/1/2014
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
3/29/2014
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
3/27/2014
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
3/27/2014
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
3/21/2014
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
3/19/2014
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
3/18/2014
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
3/17/2014
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
3/17/2014
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
3/17/2014
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
3/14/2014
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
3/10/2014
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
3/6/2014
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
2/21/2014
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
10/25/2013
KBZ First to Offer iRobot Ava™ 500 Video Collaboration Robot with Cisco TelePresence
DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- KBZ, a Cisco Authorized Distributor specializing in Collaboration, Unified Communications and TelePresence solutions, today announced that it will be the first to distribute the iRobot Ava 500 video collaboration robot in the US.
— PR Newswire
6/10/2013
Meet the Ava 500, the Roomba’s Corporate Cousin
Today, iRobot adds another product to its league of extraordinary practical machines, the Ava 500. It’s a far cry from the Roomba vacuum, its corporate cousin.
— Bloomberg Businessweek - Brad Stone
5/6/2013
iRobot’s RP-VITA Gains Traction: What This Means for Investors
As if iRobot’s strong first quarter results weren’t enough, shares of the robot maker rose more than 3% yesterday and touched a new 52-week high after the company announced the first official adopters of its RP-VITA medical telepresence robots.
— The Motley Fool - Steve Symington
3/20/2013
6 Great Cleaning Products
iRobot Scooba 390 is included as one of six ways to “celebrate National Spring Cleaning Week with the help of these household items.
— Time Out Chicago - Kevin Aeh
2/14/2013
iRobot’s Angle Shares More Than Just Revenues
iRobot’s home robots business has boomed, making up for decreases in the defense side. “Still, iRobot said it is not giving up on the defense business and plans to ride it out. ‘It’s part of who we are and what we do,’ Angle said. ‘Washington needs to figure out how it will get through the fiscal challenges and equip soldiers with the equipment they need.
— Boston Business Journal - Patricia Resende
1/9/2013
Medical Robot RP-VITA Gets FDA Approval
iRobot’s new self-navigating medical robot is the first of its kind to receive FDA certification. The robot can be dispatched to patient bedsides featuring the telepresence aspect of having remote doctors on its screen.
— CNET - Tim Hornyak