iRobot is always at work developing robots to do things that people don’t want to do, or in some cases, can’t do, like probe the depths of the ocean. That was the case with the Seaglider, an underwater robot that iRobot used to detect the plumes of oil underwater after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The company published their findings online, publicizing the plumes “at a time when their existence was being discounted aggressively,” Angle says.
“We found them the same day that BP was making the statement that they didn’t exist,” he says. “We felt like we had an impact once again…and hopefully have contributed to the cleanup and conservation of the environment down there.”
Fast-forward to the last few weeks, Bob Packert caught this piece on New England Cable News and we discussed it during a phone call.
Once again, iRobot is going where humans cannot and doing its best to help the people of Japan. Packert's take on this is that he saw first hand at iRobot how they really do strive to utilize their products to help us.