Adriana Lee and Mike Perlman spent a day at iRobot, checking out the company’s consumer, commercial and government robotic technologies. Up first? A peek at the company’s Government & Industrial robots used by the government and military — complete with gaming peripherals! Mike and Adriana go hands on. Wackiness ensues.
But don’t let the fun fool you — this is serious gear for serious folks. After the earthquakes in Japan last year, iRobot issued models to Fukushima to aid in assessing the emergency situation at the nuclear power plant, traversing environments where human presence just wasn’t possible. iRobot technologies were also present in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, to assist in dangerous recovery scenarios.
The robots on view here are navigated using gaming controllers much like the consumer versions. Want to know what it takes to drive a military robot? Take a look as Mike and Adriana take them for a whirl.
And be sure to check out Part 2, the Buffalos meet iRobot’s Ava Telepresence Robot.