Extreme Robotics

April 4, 2001 | Source: MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review is running a series on iRobot, founded by three veterans of the MIT AI Lab: Helen Greiner, Colin Angle and Rod Brooks (who is also director of the AI Lab).

The company is branching out from military robots to consumer products, including the My Real Baby doll, a robotic toy Velociraptor and a Web-controlled robot called the iRobot.

“One iRobot team is building robots that climb walls gecko-style. Another is shooting robots at a concrete wall. A third sends them miles down an oil well. And one is building a swarm of robots that work together to scope a battlefield or a disaster area.”