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Google and iRobot team up to put Android apps on Ava telepresence bot

Google and iRobot team up to put Android apps on Ava telepresence bot via Engadget

iRobot running Android applications to power its Ava™ mobile robotics platform

BEDFORD, Mass. – May 11, 2011 – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) announced
that it has teamed with Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) to create Android
applications for the iRobot Ava™ mobile robotics platform. These
applications are being demonstrated at the Google I/O Developer
Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

“Ava is the first app-ready robot,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO
of iRobot. “By tapping into an almost limitless supply of
Android-based apps, Ava is poised to revolutionize how people
communicate and deliver information through remote presence and other
means. With the right ideas, Ava can also revolutionize how people
live both at home and in the workplace.”

iRobot Ava is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to
help robot designers, application developers and market innovation
specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile
robotic solutions. It is designed to work with a pad-based interface.

“We’ve been working with the Ava platform for the past several months
and are impressed with its capabilities,” said Andy Rubin, SVP of
Mobile at Google. “We have seen incredible contributions from app
developers for Android devices over the past few years. Robotic
technologies like Ava represent an exciting next step for this
community.”

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