iRobot Corp was incorporated in California in August 1990 under the name IS Robotics, Inc. and reincorporated as IS Robotics Corporation in Massachusetts in June 1994. The Company was reincorporated in Delaware as iRobot Corporation in December 2000. iRobot develops robotics and artificial intelligence technologies and applies these technologies in producing and marketing robots. For over 20 years, the Company has developed proprietary technology incorporating concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence to build robots. The Company's Roomba floor vacuuming robots, Scooba floor washing robots and Looj gutter cleaning robot perform time-consuming domestic chores. The PackBot and Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle tactical ground military robots perform battlefield reconnaissance and bomb disposal. The Negotiator ground robot performs multi-purpose tasks for local police and first responders. The Company's Seaglider unmanned underwater robot performs long endurance oceanic missions. The Company's Verro Pool Cleaning Robot is used to clean a standard size pool in about an hour while removing debris as small as two microns from the pool floor, walls and stairs. Verro is brought to market under the iRobot brand through a relationship with the Aqua Products Group companies including AquaJet LLC and Aquatron, Inc., which developed the pool cleaning robots. The Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot was designed to simplify the difficult and dangerous job of gutter cleaning. The Looj cleans an entire stretch of gutter, reducing the number of times a ladder must be repositioned and climbed during gutter cleaning. The Company's Create Programmable Robot is a fully assembled programmable robot. The Company's registered U.S. trademarks include iRobot, Roomba, Scooba, Mint, ViPR, NorthStar, iRobot Dirt Dog, Create, PackBot, FirstLook, iAdapt, FasTac, Aware, Home Base, Looj, Verro, Virtual Wall, Warrior, Mirra, Braava and AeroForce. It sells its robots to consumers through a variety of distribution channels, including chain stores and other national retailers, and through its on-line store, and to the U.S. military and other government agencies. The Company sells its government and industrial products directly to end users and indirectly through prime contractors and distributors. The Company's competitor are AB Electrolux, ACE ROBOT Co., Agait Technology Corp., Alfred Karcher GmbH & Co., Evolution Robotics, Inc. LG Electronics Inc., Infinuvo/Metapo, Inc, Matsutek Enterprises Co Ltd., Microrobot CO., Ltd., Neato Robotics, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Goldluck Electronic Co., Ltd., Yujin Robotic Co. Ltd., Foster-Miller, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, BAE Systems, Inc. and General Dynamics Corporation. The Company is subject to various government regulations, including various U.S. federal government regulations as a contractor and subcontractor to the U.S. federal government.
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