Tag Results for RoboticFX (4)

  1. iRobot to sell police 'bots won in xBot lawsuit

    Photos: iRobot If you'll recall, late last year iRobot accused a small company called Robotic FX, founded by a former iRobot employee, of stealing IP to create a competitor robot, the Negotiator, which looked suspiciously like an iRobot PackBot. The two machines were the subject of a disputed US $286 million Army contract and, later, a lawsuit. In the end, iRobot prevailed. It won both the contract (called the xBot program) and the lawsuit (sort of: the two sides settled and Robotic FX was dissolved). Now iRobot is enjoying the fruits of its victory.

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  2. iRobot wins $286M xBot contract

    In this month's issue of Spectrum magazine, Erico covered the dispute between iRobot and Robotic FX bidding on the US Army xBot contract. Though the lawsuit is still in court, the Army has already moved: iRobot issued a press release this morning announcing that they had been awarded the contract. While iRobot's press release doesn't mention Robotic FX, they do acknowledge that they weren't just the lowest bidder: "iRobot was selected to fulfill the contract as the lowest priced, technically qualified bidder deemed able to deliver as a responsible contractor." This is a huge contract for iRobot. To date they've …

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  3. U.S. Army awards $280 million contract for bomb detector robot

    And speaking of robots on the battlefield, Wired's Danger Room points to a Defense News story about a U.S. Army $280 million contract to buy 3000 Negotiator robots from Robotic FX. The Negotiator tactical robot [photo above] is a "45-pound bomb detector with infrared cameras used by hundreds of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies around the U.S.," Defense News reports, adding that an "initial delivery order will be for 101 Robotic FX Negotiators, marking their first use with the U.S. military on the battlefield," where they will be used …

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