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BLOG: iRobot unveils robotic navigator

Sharon Gaudin | Jan. 16, 2012
Ever wish you had someone to help visitors find their way through your business or to guide executives through a manufacturing plant?

Ever wish you had someone to help visitors find their way through your business or to guide executives through a manufacturing plant?

Well, iRobot may be developing the robotic guide for you.

The Bedford, Mass.-based company probably best known for its Roomba robotic vacuum, was at the Pepcom showcase, held in conjunction with CES, Monday night offering a glimpse at a robot -- dubbed Ava -- which is in development.

Mark Chiappetta, a vice president with iRobot, said Ava is designed to navigate through a cluttered environment and can move up to two meters per second. The robot uses a mapping system and about 20 sensors, including 3-D imaging sensors and a laser range finder.

 

 

 

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