Responding to the needs of warfighters, iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) announced the iRobot PackBot® 510 with EOD Kit, a second-generation explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot. PackBot 510 uses a new game-style hand controller for faster training and easier operation in the field. In addition, the robot is 30 percent faster, drags larger objects, lifts twice the weight and has a grip that is three times stronger than its predecessor. This new robot will begin shipping in April 2007.
To date, iRobot has delivered more than 800 PackBot robots, and these powerful robots are in operation in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. The PackBot 510 was designed specifically to address evolving end-user requirements for a stronger, faster and easier-to-use robot.
The robot’s new hand controller is modeled after video game controllers, making PackBot 510 easier to use, and resulting in less training time and more rapid operations in the field. In addition, the advanced track technology significantly increases the robot’s performance on rough terrain.
“We constantly listen to our customers and respond to reports on what users need to successfully tackle dangerous situations in the field,” said Vice Admiral Joe Dyer (U.S. Navy, Ret.), president of iRobot Government & Industrial Robots. “Based on feedback from the troops, iRobot designed the PackBot 510 to help our soldiers counter the increasing and complex threats posed by improvised explosive devices.”
During an EOD training session at Fort Knox, Ky., soldiers from the 703rd Ordnance Company used the new hand controller to maneuver the PackBot. Comments from explosive ordnance disposal specialists include:
“All my time playing video games has paid off and now I can use that knowledge on the battlefield.”
“All of our EOD brothers in Iraq and Afghanistan need this now…you guys at iRobot really know what you are doing.”
“Now this is how robots should be operated…iRobot has listened and come through.”
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot is a provider of robots that perform dull, dirty or dangerous missions in a better way. The company’s proprietary technology, iRobot AWARE Robot Intelligence Systems, incorporates advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. This proprietary system enables iRobot to build behavior-based robots, including its family of consumer and military robots. For additional information about iRobot, please visit http://www.irobot.com.
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