iRobot buys Robopolis to expand in Europe

 

iRobot, the US company which makes consumer robots such as the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner range, has closed the previously announced acquisition of Robopolis, a French company.

The preliminary purchase price of $141 million is subject to normal purchase price adjustments and is expected to be finalized no later than the first quarter of 2018.

Europe is a key strategic region for iRobot and provides “an excellent opportunity for further growth”, says the company.  Continue reading iRobot buys Robopolis to expand in Europe

Clearpath Robotics partners with iRobot for next generation Turtlebot based on Intel Euclid Development Kit

Clearpath Robotics, a provider of mobile robots for research and development, in partnership with iRobot, has launched the TurtleBot Euclid – the next generation all-in-one mobile robotics platform for learning the Robot Operating System.

TurtleBot Euclid is designed to be an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution for enabling students and educators to accelerate robotics learning.

Clearpath’s TurtleBot is based on the Intel Euclid platform which itself is based on the Ubuntu open-source operating system.  Continue reading Clearpath Robotics partners with iRobot for next generation Turtlebot based on Intel Euclid Development Kit

iRobot denies it will sell map data about customers’ rooms and houses

iRobot says it will “never” sell the data its little robotic vacuum cleaners collect while mapping and navigating people’s rooms and homes. 

In a statement provided to ZDNet, Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, reassured customers by saying: “iRobot will never sell your data.”

The statement follows comments Angle gave to Reuters suggesting that the company might consider selling maps iRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner generates of users’ homes.  Continue reading iRobot denies it will sell map data about customers’ rooms and houses

Vacuum cleaning robots invading homes all over the world

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Long-exposure photo showing path taken by Roomba in 45 minutes. Picture: Wikipedia

Other than washing the dishes, vacuuming the house is probably the most boring activity in the world, and probably only a very few sane humans would enjoy the activity. 

But household chores need to be done, and it is this human right to avoid boring tasks which the robots are exploiting to find their way into homes all over the world.

In the future, when we look back at how the robots took over everything, it’s probably not industrial robots which will be blamed – because they’re mostly caged off and controlled inside factories: it’s the vacuuming and other cleaning robots we should be scared of.

They might look innocent – with their rounded edges and small, apparently unintimidating size, maybe even reminiscent of a slow-moving pet cat, only better behaved – but vacuuming robots could be seen as the artificially intelligent machine army’s frontline infantry in the battle for the future of humanity, and they are gaining more and more floorspace every day.  Continue reading Vacuum cleaning robots invading homes all over the world

iRobot expands connected product line with Roomba 960

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iRobot has launched the Roomba 960 Vacuuming Robot starting at $699.

The second 900 Series Roomba to be introduced by iRobot, Roomba 960 extends mapping, adaptive navigation with visual localization and cloud connected app control to a wider range of consumers, says the company.

Further extending the company’s connected product line, iRobot also announced iRobot Home App availability for both existing and new Braava jet Mopping Robot customers.  Continue reading iRobot expands connected product line with Roomba 960

iRobot launches floor-mopping robot

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iRobot’s new floor mopping device, the Braava

iRobot has launched a household floor cleaning device, calling it the Braava jet mopping robot.

Designed to mop hard floor surfaces with high amounts of traffic, the company says Braava jet is “great for the kitchen and bathroom”.

The price of the perfect gift for the slacker of today starts at $199. Braava jet combines a compact design, vibrating cleaning head, precision jet spray and Braava jet cleaning pads to lift dirt and stains, even in hard-to-reach places, like under kitchen cabinets and around toilets.

“iRobot is focused on significant growth opportunities in the consumer robotic technology market,” says Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot.

“To capitalize, we will continue to diversify our home robot offerings, identifying new product categories ripe for growth and exploring other opportunities within the connected home. We are excited to bring Braava jet to market, a robot that addresses yet another important customer cleaning need.”  Continue reading iRobot launches floor-mopping robot

iRobot sells its defense and security business to Arlington Capital Partners

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iRobot has sold off its military robots division

iRobot has signed a definitive agreement to sell its defense and security business to Arlington Capital Partners for up to $45 million in total consideration, including a contingent payment based on achieving certain milestones.

This transaction enables iRobot to solidify its position as the leader in diversified Home Robots and focus on technologies for the connected home, said the company.

“In the spring of 2014, we engaged Blackstone Advisory Partners LP, now known as PJT Partners, to review strategic alternatives for our Defense and Security business,” said Colin Angle, iRobot chairman and chief executive officer. Continue reading iRobot sells its defense and security business to Arlington Capital Partners