iRobot Negotiator

iRobot Corp. has introduced the iRobot Negotiator, a robot designed to perform reconnaissance functions for police and fire departments and domestic security professionals.

The Negotiator can climb stairs and has chemical-detection capabilities, which can be customized according to the user's needs, the company said. The Negotiator is smaller than the company's PackBot 510, which has more advanced capabilities.

'There is growing support and demand for unmanned ground robots as people recognize the difference they make by offering life-saving, 'eyes-on' benefits to teams in the field,' said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot Government and Industrial Robots. 'We believe that the low entry price point for iRobot Negotiator will help make it accessible to local, state and federal agencies that would not have been able to afford a robot otherwise.'

The company builds behavior-based robots using the proprietary iRobot Aware Robot Intelligence Systems technology, which incorporates navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence.

The first units of iRobot Negotiator will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2008, iRobot officials said.

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