iRobot announced early this morning that it will showcase the new iRobot Warrior (the renamed version of the pictured 250-pound NEOMover), as well as the forthcoming iRobot SUGV, the 30-pound robot planned for the forthcoming Future Combat Systems, at the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition next week in D.C.
A lot is riding on the military buying these new robots from iRobot. The SUGV has theoretically been slated for thousands of units, and the new iRobot Warrior, which could be equipped with guns and missiles and has a payload capacity of greater than 100 pounds, is iRobot's first foray into the Big Robot class. (The press release doesn't mention the guns and missiles, which were discussed previously by Chairwoman Helen Greiner, but does mention firefighting and battlefield casualty extraction! You can see a video of a NeoMover in action retrieving a battlefield casualty here. (Thanks, William Cox).
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