iRobot Corporation to Debut Web-Controlled Robot at COMDEX 2000

iRobot Corporation, a leading provider of mobile robot products, announced today the iRobot-LE™ will debut at COMDEX 2000 on November 13 in Las Vegas, NV. iRobot will host live product demos for buyers of information technology and end-users at the LINUX Business Expo, located at the Sands Expo and Convention Center from November 13-17.

The iRobot-LE is the first multi-purpose robot that can be controlled through a Web browser from anywhere in the world. The robot gives people on demand remote eyes and ears and allows them to "project themselves" into another location. Over the Internet, users can "WebDrive" the iRobot-LE wherever a person can comfortably walk. The upcoming product demo marks the first time that the iRobot-LE and its WebDrive application will be shown to a public audience.

"At COMDEX, we're exposing the public to a sophisticated, intelligent, Internet-connected robot for the first time," says Helen Greiner, President and co-founder of iRobot Corporation. "We encourage people to visit our booth and see the iRobot-LE in action. This technology will change our lives, from how we do business to how we interact with family and friends."

The iRobot-LE has both home and business applications. With its roving telepresence capability, owners can keep an eye on their homes, stay in touch with family, and invite friends to drop-by for a visit. Businesses can use the iRobot-LE to allow customers to personally visit their facilities, help telecommuters work more effectively, and enable employees to interact and collaborate between remote locations.

"WebDrive is the first compelling mobile robot applications in the consumer and business space," says Greiner. "To complement WebDrive, we are developing a host of other applications that iRobot-LE owners will be able to download from the iRobot website."

A limited quantity of orders for the iRobot-LE are currently being accepted for delivery in Q1 2001. For images of the iRobot-LE, please visit:

About iRobot:

iRobot is a leading provider of mobile robots and is actively developing robots for the consumer market. Considered one of the world's leading robotics R&D labs, iRobot is also building the next generation of robots under contract with DARPA. Named by Fortune magazine as one of the Top 25 Coolest Companies, its creations have graced the covers of Scientific American, National Geographic, and Popular Science and are often seen on the Discovery Channel. iRobot is also a technology partner for Hasbro, a worldwide leader in children's toys and games. Acer Technology Venture Fund L.P. and First Albany Companies, Inc., are two of the principal outside investors in iRobot, a privately held company. iRobot, iRobot-LE, and WebDrive are trademarks of iRobot Corporation. For more information, please visit:

SOURCE: iRobot Corporation

Contact: Sharon Campbell of iRobot Corporation, 617-629-0055, ext. 263,