iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a pacesetter in delivering robotic expertise-primarily based options, has been awarded its a hundred th United States patent, an vital attainment reflecting the corporate’s ongoing consideration to constructing strategic mental property.
The a hundred th U.S. patent (U.S. 8,108,092) protects robotic ‘retrotraverse’ expertise, which gives the iRobot 510 PackBot® with Consumer Assist Package (UAP) the unique capability to autonomously return to its operator should wi-fi communications fail. Retrotraverse technology, pioneered to maintain troops out of hurt’s way, is relevant to networked and wireless robots in navy, commercial, healthcare and family applications. Extra pending U.S. and worldwide patent applications are anticipated to guard different crucial semi-autonomous capabilities supplied by the UAP .
“iRobot has made vital investments to protect its mental property. We have now been both strategic and aggressive in submitting U.S. and worldwide patent purposes regarding key product features and improvements, and we have now entered into partnerships that permit for the cross-licensing of product portfolios,” said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot. “These steps are necessary in maintaining our position as the leading publicly traded pure-play robotics firm and in sustaining a long-time period aggressive advantage.”
On the identical day iRobot was awarded the patent for ‘retrotraverse’, it was also awarded a patent covering sonar technologies for robotic telepresence, as exemplified by the iRobot Ava™ cellular robotics platform. With growing know-how commonality and software re-use, iRobot’s patent portfolio is more and more cross-platform, an ‘economic moat’ that lends sustained aggressive advantage across product lines, including the corporate’s home robots. Particularly, the iRobot Roomba® vacuum cleansing robot is covered by greater than 30 U.S. patents. iRobot also holds 108 international patents and continues to pursue more than 250 patent purposes pending worldwide.
Greater than 7.5 million iRobot residence robots have been sold, revolutionizing the way people clean their homes. The corporate has also delivered greater than four,500 life-saving robots to navy and civil defense forces worldwide.
510 PackBot can be hand carried and deployed by one person in less than two minutes. No expensive, specialized equipment or vehicles are necessary; PackBot can be easily loaded into a MOLLE pack, the trunk of a car or a helicopter.
- Bomb Disposal / EOD (IEDs / VBIEDs / UXO)
- Surveillance / Reconnaissance
- Checkpoints / Inspections / Explosives Detection
- Route Clearance
- Explosive Hazard Identification (IEDs / VBIEDs / UXOs)
- Hazardous Materials Detection
- More than 3,500 PackBot robots have been delivered to military and civil defense forces worldwide.