On Thursday, December 7, 2006
iRobot Corp. announced the release of iRobot Awareâ„¢ 2.0 Robot Intelligence Software (beta). This also marks the first time the company has offered its Aware software platform, through a rich set of application programming interfaces (APIs) and utilities, to third-party developers. The company also unveiled the Robot Developerâ€™s Kit (RDK), a new set of hardware tools for robots development.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), among other iRobot partners, has signed on as a beta tester of the new development tools. H.R. (Bart) Everett, technical director for robotics at SPAWAR said, â€œSPAWAR is very excited to be an Aware 2.0 beta tester. We think its powerful development tools will significantly expedite our ability to tightly integrate different payloads and behaviors onto iRobot platforms, and thus facilitate a richer mix of plug-and-play options for the warfighter.â€
iRobot products use the companyâ€™s innovative Aware Robot Intelligence Systems, which oversee dozens of sensors that monitor the environment to gather feedback and instantly adjust the robotâ€™s behavior in response. Aware allows robots to effectively and intelligently navigate in complex and dynamic real-world situations.
Aware 2.0 integrates years of field-proven experience. With the 2.0 beta release, Aware will provide a new level of intelligence, including:
- An extensible, network-centric, component-based architecture designed for easy third-party development and integration
- Portability across a variety of operating environments
- A powerful set of development tools and support for many proven open-source technologies
iRobot will brief partners on Aware 2.0 and the RDK at the second annual iRobot Payload Developers Conference taking place Dec. 5 to Dec. 6 at the Double Tree Crystal City in Arlington, Va. At the event, technology developers from government, military and university research labs as well as payload developers will attend in-depth sessions on how to create payloads that enable robots to take on a greater variety of real-world challenges.
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