In age where everyone moans about American deindustrialization and pins all hopes of a comeback on a revaluation of the Yuan, Colin Angle and Co at chez iRobot can be seen as a tremendous example for the rest of us. After all, in a world where you can export robots to Japan, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could export snow to Russia.
It was Japan’s Self Defense Forces that asked iRobot to aid in controlling the situation at Fukushima Dai-1, the nuclear plant left unstable in the wake of last week’s earthquake/tsunami. iRobot has sent their iRobot 510 Packbot and Warrior 710, until recently most popular for their work in Iraq (and a knockoff of one of their products’ cameo in “the Hurt Locker”) neutralizing bomb threats.
In addition to supplying them, iRobot will be providing service and training for the robots, a new revenue stream for the company reiterating by CEO Colin Angle in the last few Earnings Calls for the company.
In a fun side note, iRobot’s devices are plug and play which means that that can be remote controlled by Xbox and Playstation controllers. Halo anybody?