Next generation electronic companies
My father worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for over 30 years. While growing up I was introduced to the broad range of products created and produced by Westinghouse ... from appliances, to power generation, to nuclear power plants, to military radar. To me is was amazing the breadth of products and markets that Westinghouse participated in ... from consumer products to advanced military weapons.
This article reminded me of this same scenario with a slight twist. The folks at iRobot are not only the producers of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, but also some very advanced military robots. If you haven't yet listened to the talk by Helen Greiner - co-founder and chairman of iRobot - she gave a great presentation at Accelerating Change 2004. It's very cool to see a company like this involved in such a wide range of applied technologies.
iRobot unveils sniper detector. The robot maker equips its PackBot combat device with gear to help soldiers find enemy marksmen. [CNET News.com]