Always at home with iRobot

The iRobot Corporation has introduced the iRobot-LE, the world’s first multi-purpose home robot said to be controllable from a web browser anywhere in the world.

The iRobot Corporation say that their product is a powerful personal computer integrated into a mechanical body with sensors that allow it to understand the world around it.

The robot has been designed to allow users to monitor their homes at any time of the day from anywhere in the world but the iRobot Corporation are keen to stress that the iRobot-LE is a lot more than a sophisticated web-cam.

The robot runs on a basic software package that includes Aware Robot Control Software, Linux OS, an Apache-SSL Web Server, and a 128-bit RSA secure server certificate. The robot’s power comes from rechargeable lead acid batteries.

Optional extras include colour LCD screen, wall adapter and an extra handheld remote control CD-ROM drive.

The on-board wireless link is said to operate at 2.4 GHz with a range up to 150 foot indoors and Surefoot Stairclimbing technology allows it to go up and down stairs unassisted.

The robot can also use it’s ‘front flipper mechanism’ to gain extra height allowing it to peer out of windows, and advanced sensor and signalling processing prevents it from bumping into household objects.

The iRobot Corporation add that the iRobot’s digital video camera, mounted in the robot’s head, has an independently controllable pan/tilt axis of 90 degrees in any direction and that the camera height can be adjusted to look over most tabletops.

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