Latest in Ieee

Image credit:

Visualized: a look inside iRobot's gadget-filled 'cool stuff room' (video)

Zach Honig
07.19.12
8 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

We've all seen a Roomba at one point or another, be it picking up debris around our feet in a friend's living room or chauffeuring a courageous kitty for an entertaining clip on YouTube. Likely far less familiar, however, is iRobot's gadget-filled Massachusetts headquarters, including the museum-like "cool stuff room" in the lobby. There you'll find a large variety of autonomous devices, ranging from an early Roomba prototype that subs in a removable cloth for the vacuum to the relatively creepy My Real Baby -- an $89 doll that cries for food and offers realistic reactions to tickling. There's also plenty of industrial and military gear on hand, including a long cylindrical bot used for repairing oil rigs as they continue to operate, a full-size self-driving vehicle and a wall-climbing robot that uses suction cup wheels to ascend vertically. Some of the exhibits are downright creepy, such as a crab-like prototype which an iRobot employee referenced as being "inspired by nature," though the company's familiar household gadgets help to balance out the eerie. Sadly, the collection doesn't appear to be open to the public, though IEEE was granted a tour, which it graciously filmed for your enjoyment -- you'll find that video walkthrough just past the break.


All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
8 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

View
Canon leaks its EOS 90D DSLR and mirrorless EOS M6 Mark II cameras

Canon leaks its EOS 90D DSLR and mirrorless EOS M6 Mark II cameras

View
Watch the Google Stadia event in 10 minutes

Watch the Google Stadia event in 10 minutes

View
HP's latest gaming headset delivers active cooling, noise cancellation

HP's latest gaming headset delivers active cooling, noise cancellation

View
Samsung's 32-inch Space Gaming Monitor makes room for your PC

Samsung's 32-inch Space Gaming Monitor makes room for your PC

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr