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Roomba makers iRobot trialling RP-VITA medical robot

Roomba makers iRobot trialling RP-VITA medical robot

iRobot, the creators of the popular Roomba cleaning robot, have created a medical assistant dubbed RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) aimed at being used in hospitals. RP-VITA is the result of a $6 million investment in InTouch, with the robot able to navigate hospitals using a myriad of sensors, such as sonar, a laser range finder, and two cameras. The robot is also able to intelligently create a map of the designated hospital, although it’s primarily navigated using a joystick by a remote doctor.

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iRobot announces Roomba 790 with remote control

iRobot announces Roomba 790 with remote control

Everybody is probably familiar with the Roomba, offered by iRobot. Set it down and it’ll begin its merry journey of cleaning your floor while avoiding obstacles and perils along the way. While it’s intelligent enough to work around objects, users could never tell the robot exactly where to go, but iRobot has fixed that with the new Roomba model introduced today, the Roomba 790.

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iRobot Scooba 390 cleaning ‘bot gets serious

iRobot Scooba 390 cleaning ‘bot gets serious

Grubby floors beware; iRobot has introduced a new floor washing 'bot, the Scooba 390, a full-size version of the Scooba 230 that demands less prep work by its human owners. Where the 230 could wash your tile, linoleum or hardwood floor but first insisted that you manually brush it, the Scooba 390 includes a rotating brush to scoop up any obvious dirt before it gets down to more intensive cleaning.

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Texas Instruments teams with Harman and iRobot for OMAP 5

Texas Instruments teams with Harman and iRobot for OMAP 5

This week Texas Instruments has announced the first big collaboration with OMAP 5, their next-level processor. Both iRobot and Harman have decided to use the newest architecture available on the market, Texas Instruments OMAP 5, in their newest technologies for a multi-core experience that brings their products to the forefront not just for the excellence of their products themselves, but because the Texas Instruments OMAP 5 platform has proven itself capable of handling their robots and in-vehicle systems the best, quite simply.

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iRobot Warrior robot can lift 150 pounds, uses an Xbox controller

iRobot Warrior robot can lift 150 pounds, uses an Xbox controller

This guy eats Roombas for breakfast. It's called the Warrior, it weighs 450 pounds, and it can carry stuff, destroy stuff, or do stuff (like opening a door). Although you won't find this bad boy at Sears anytime soon, it is created by the same company everyone knows and loves for the Roomba and Scooba floor-cleaning robots. But iRobot's reach has long extended beyond the domesticated fare. This latest creation is the newest in its history of offering military-grade robotics.

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iRobot Seaglider unmanned robot gets updated

iRobot Seaglider unmanned robot gets updated

Anytime I hear the iRobot name I always think about the line of robot vacuum cleaners for the home. iRobot makes a lot more than just vacuum cleaners though. The company has announced that it has updated its Seaglider unmanned underwater vehicle. The photo here of the Seaglider is the previous version; images of the new updated robot are not available at the time of writing. The new robot has a payload capability that is doubled compared to the previous generation.

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SlashGear Science Week In Review – April 23rd, 2011

SlashGear Science Week In Review – April 23rd, 2011

This week in Science, a hybrid car that was green before green was cool, the possible future of solar energy, a couple of interesting concrete concepts, and a whole lot of medical innovations. Oh, and robots. One that takes a licking and keeps on ticking, and others that can go where no man wants to go.

Earth day was this week, so we have featured some green concepts and innovations. We always like seeing more efficient ways of doing things, and a road that powers its own lighting and traffic systems is a great example of that. But first, the world's first hybrid car.

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iRobot Packbots Enter Fukushima Reactor

iRobot Packbots Enter Fukushima Reactor

Sunday, iRobot packbots entered the Fukushima Daiichi reactor building 3 to explore parts of the plant that have been closed to people since the facility was evacuated. Japanese nuclear workers were entering some locations in the plant just after the disaster, but now they've mostly pulled back to safe locations. The shorter term radiation doses were relatively safe, but at sustained elevated levels the threat of damage grows. The repair efforts continue with support from a number of robotic helpers.

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iRobot 110 is a remote controlled spy robot

iRobot 110 is a remote controlled spy robot

Combine a robot with a spy camera and I am interested. This is exactly what iRobot has done with its cool new iRobot 110 bot. This thing is no kid's toy, it is designed for military and police use as a bot that is easy to transport and can be used to get valuable intel on a location without putting someone in danger.

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