Friday, October 06, 2006

iRobot Warrior Announced!

iRobot announced early this morning that it will showcase the new iRobot Warrior (the renamed version of the pictured 250-pound NEOMover), as well as the forthcoming iRobot SUGV, the 30-pound robot planned for the forthcoming Future Combat Systems, at the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition next week in D.C.

A lot is riding on the military buying these new robots from iRobot. The SUGV has theoretically been slated for thousands of units, and the new iRobot Warrior, which could be equipped with guns and Javelin missiles (pictured) and has a payload capacity of greater than 100 pounds, is iRobot's first foray into the Big Robot class. (The press release doesn't mention the guns and missiles, which were discussed previously by Chairwoman Helen Greiner, but does mention firefighting and battlefield casualty extraction! You can see a video of a NeoMover in action retrieving a battlefield casualty here. (Thanks, William Cox).

Here's the press release:

iRobot to Showcase Latest Robots at AUSA Annual Meeting
Friday October 6, 12:01 am ET

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT - News):
What: iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT - News) will showcase a range of
innovative robots and new capabilities at the 2006
Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting &
Exposition. For the first time, the company will
demonstrate the iRobot Future Combat Systems Small
Unmanned Ground Vehicle prototype, or iRobot SUGV. It is
a 30 pound portable robot that can enter and secure
areas that are either inaccessible or too dangerous for
humans.

Attendees will learn about the new 250 pound iRobot
Warrior(TM), formerly known as NEOMover. At more than
five times the size of the combat-proven iRobot(R)
PackBot(R), the Warrior can travel up to 12 miles per
hour through rough terrain and up and down stairs,
carrying payloads weighing more than 100 pounds.
Currently in development, the Warrior can potentially be
used in a variety of missions, including explosive
ordnance disposal (EOD), battlefield casualty extraction
and firefighting.


In addition, iRobot will demonstrate various ways to
customize the iRobot PackBot for specific missions,
including bomb sniffing, sniper detection, route
clearing, and radiation and chemical detection. The
iRobot John Deere R-Gator(TM), a 1,500 pound robotized
utility vehicle currently used for perimeter security
missions, will also be on display in the John Deere
booth No. 1347.

Who: iRobot, a leader in behavior-based robots, delivers new
and better ways of tackling dull, dirty or dangerous
tasks. To date, iRobot has delivered more than 700
PackBot robots to a broad range of military and civilian
customers worldwide. The robots have performed tens of
thousands of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and are
credited with saving soldiers' lives.

When: Monday, Oct. 9, through Wednesday, Oct. 11

Where: iRobot booth No. 1367
Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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1 comment:

William Cox said...

Nice find Thorn. I believe you can find some of the videos you were talking about on Bian Yamauchi's website here