Next comes a robot lawn mower and bigger military bots that can go faster and farther. But Angle avoids taking on industrial work-- too boring. To quote one iRobot motto: "We don't do Buicks."There are not quotes however from the company, which has mentioned lawn mowers frequently as a possible future product but has declined to confirm that they are actively developing one. It's also interesting -- and possibly a bit disheartening, to hear iRobot CEO Colin Angle dissing doing commercial robots. There is money in thum thar hills, folks!
Forbes special coverage of robots that will change our lives is very good news for iRobot and the robotics industry in general. People who read Forbes have cash to burn, and hopefully a few will invest in one of the few public companies tied directly to robotics, IRBT.
The Forbes story on iRobot is called "Fight Wars, Lint" (Cute)
The full coverage is here in "The Robots Are Coming."
Included are stories on Lego Mindstorms NXT, Pleo, Stickybot, Stanley the Robot SUV, and Honda's ASIMO. This is required reading.
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