Friday, March 24, 2006

John Kerry to visit iRobot Corporation HQ

Sen. John Kerry will be visiting the Massachusetts headquarters of iRobot Corporation on Monday for a photo op to check out the Packbot bomb-destroying robot and the Scooba. Hopefully this won't result in iRobot losing any military contracts. But seriously, any visit from a member of Congress is generally a good thing, because pork is still the name of the game when it comes to Defense contracting. (Witness $50,000 toilet seats).
The press release:
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., will meet the robots that are protecting U.S. troops when he visits iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) on Monday, March 27. While at iRobot, Kerry will also address the employees about what it means to have industry leader iRobot base its headquarters in Burlington, Mass., and discuss the impact of the emerging robot market on the local economy.
Some of the robots Kerry will see include the iRobot PackBot(R) Tactical Mobile Robots that have been credited with saving scores of soldiers lives, the latest iRobot Scooba(TM)Floor Washing Robot and REDOWL, a sniper detection payload prototype developed in conjunction with The Photonics Center at Boston University.
iRobot is a provider of behavior based robots. Currently, more than 300 iRobot PackBot robots are helping protect U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 1.5 million iRobot Roomba(R) Vacuuming Robots have been sold since its introduction in 2002.

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