I’LL TAKE A DOZEN PACKBOTS TO GO, PLEASE
iRobot Corp. (
www.irobot.com) has received an order totaling $16.8 million
from the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and
Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
This order marks the first purchase of iRobot's advanced PackBot 510 series
under an existing $200 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.
The PackBot 510 series provides the Army with advanced robotic capabilities that
surpass those of the battle-tested PackBot 500.
The PackBot 510 with EOD Kit has advanced vision and surveillance capabilities.
It easily adapts to different Improvised Explosive Device (IED) missions including check
points, inspections, and route clearance. The robot provides soldiers with a tool to
identify and dispose of IEDs, roadside bombs, and other unexploded ordnance while
keeping them at safe distances. Additionally, the PackBot 510 provides improved lift and
manipulation capabilities, greater speed, military-standard batteries, a hardened laptop
with game-style hand controller, and a variety of other upgrades that enhance its
Wonder if iRobot is offering any bail-out opportunities?
PERSONALIZE YOUR CAT’S
CONTROL YOU BALANCER
Automated Pet Care Products, Inc., the makers of the Litter-Robot™,
have some new products and accessories to help cat owners
customize their Litter-Robot to
match their cat's individual needs.
New products and accessories
include the Bubble Globe,
Lip Extender, and the
The Bubble Globe is a
skylight-type window mounted to the
back of the Globe that adds three inches in the front-to-back depth of
the litter chamber. The Bubble Globe provides natural lighting to the litter
chamber and the extra depth helps to accommodate larger cats.
The Lip Extender is designed for cats that have not mastered turning
around in the Globe and 'miss their target.'
The Litter-Robot Ramp can serve as a ramp to help elderly or small
cats get into the Litter-Robot. It’s also a scratch pad and can catch
tracked litter to keep the area neat and tidy.
Litter-Robot is the only automated, self-cleaning litter box product
made in the US. Go to
www.litter-robot.com if you’d really like to
Neuro spaghetti (
code available to show you how to
implement Wii controls with a LEGO NXT
system. Follow the tutorial on the website and
you too can drive a balancer like a cowboy.
A FACE ONLY A MOTHER ...
ThatsMyFace and MechRC (www.mech
rc.com) have partnered up to offer an
advanced humanoid robot featuring your
very own face! That’s right! You can order a
MechRC robot with a 3D replica of your
own head mounted to it.
Simply take some pictures of your face,
upload them to
mark some options. You’ll soon receive your
robotic replica, ready to go.
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