Documenting iRobot's Design Transformation

By: Geebee Micro - Published: Apr 18, 2009 • References: store.irobot & news.cnet
If you’re not in the military, you’ll probably think of the Roomba when the name iRobot comes to mind, but the company has actually had a series of evolutionary steps in relation to robotic design over the last 10-15 years, as shown in these photos I’ve included.

The Roomba is a robotic machine made to clean the floor of a home, but other military robotic designs by iRobot are made to clean the roads of far more dangerous things than dirt.

While Asians like to develop robots that have a similarity to humans (sometimes in a very creepy manner), iRobot CEO Colin Angle says in reality there are too many restraints when attempting to make a practical robot in the image of a human.

Even so, iRobot has dabbled in the area, as it’s obviously a great attention-getter and marketing tool that draws a lot of media attention.

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