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iRobot PackBot Inducted into Space Technology Hall of Fame
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Apr 10, 2006
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At the 22nd National Space Symposium, the iRobot PackBot(R) Tactical Mobile Robot will be inducted into the 2006 Space Technology Hall of Fame. iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT), along with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be recognized as the innovating organizations behind PackBot’s technology. The Space Technology Hall of Fame honors technologies and the innovators who transformed space technology into commercial products that improve life here on Earth.
“The iRobot PackBot is just one example of why what we do in space matters,” said Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Pulham. “In this case, the exploration of the universe is being used to save the lives of soldiers serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Currently more than 300 PackBot robots are deployed worldwide and are primarily used to identify and dispose of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). PackBot robots have performed tens of thousands of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and are credited with saving scores of soldiers’ lives.

“Advanced robot technology, like the PackBot, has many important applications—from space exploration and assisting soldiers on the battlefield to cleaning homes,” said Vice Admiral Joe Dyer (U.S. Navy, Ret.), executive vice president and general manager, iRobot. “PackBot’s induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame is a testament to iRobot’s ability to build upon its proven technological achievements to create more advanced robots.”

Since 1988, the Space Technology Hall of Fame has honored 52 technologies and the innovators who transformed space technology into commercial products that improve life here on Earth. The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, established the Space Technology Hall of Fame to increase public awareness of the benefits that result from space exploration programs and to encourage further innovation. A complete list of all Space Technology Hall of Fame inducted technologies and innovating organizations and individuals can be found online at http://www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.

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.

For iRobot Investors
Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, iRobot Corporation’s expectations concerning market acceptance of its products and management’s plans and strategies. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: our ability to expand our product offering beyond our current markets and market acceptance of our products. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot Corporation, see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

iRobot Corp.
Parna Sarkar, 781-418-3135

or
A&R Partners for iRobot Corp.
Elena Frigeri, 212-905-6153


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