iRobot Announces Availability of Ava® 500

                  iRobot Announces Availability of Ava® 500

Autonomous enterprise-grade video collaboration robot unlocks new applications
for telepresence

PR Newswire

BEDFORD, Mass., March 17, 2014

BEDFORD, Mass., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a
leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced that
the company's Ava 500 video collaboration robot is ready for delivery in the
U.S., Canada and select European markets through select certified Cisco
resellers.

iRobot Ava 500 brings together iRobot's autonomous navigation with Cisco
telepresence to deliver a new level of collaboration for office environments
and other facilities.

iRobot Ava 500 offers a whole new level of telepresence to the enterprise. The
remote user gets the "better than being there" benefits of telepresence plus a
physical presence through complete freedom of movement. The easy-to-use,
self-driven robot allows people to use video to see and be seen while
collaborating in environments that would otherwise be difficult or impossible
from afar, including hallways and manufacturing floors. With the benefits of
telepresence, Ava 500 helps globally dispersed teams work more closely
together without the need for costly and time-consuming travel, enabling
increased collaboration between executives, managers and employees. With Ava
500, more work gets done, more collaboration takes place and more
relationships can be built. A complete hardware and software solution, Ava 500
brings together iRobot's autonomous mobile robotics platform with Cisco's
telepresence solutions. It provides enterprise-class security, reliability and
scalability.

"Since announcing a joint marketing agreement and alliance with Cisco to bring
Ava 500 to market in June, iRobot has completed a beta program and field
trials at various sites, including Fortune 500 companies," said Youssef Saleh,
senior vice president and general manager of iRobot's Remote Presence business
unit. "We have also made great strides by establishing a sales channel that is
ready to provide training and installation services. iRobot is committed to
continuing its work with Cisco and its channel partners to bring Ava 500 to
customers worldwide."

"We are pleased to see iRobot achieve this important milestone," said Rowan
Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Collaboration
Technology Group."For truly amazing things to happen, video needs to be
available everywhere—on every pane of glass, in every meeting space, and in
all the spaces in between. The combination of Cisco TelePresence, Cisco
wireless networking and iRobot autonomous mobility will help customers
collaborate in new ways. This solution demonstrates a level of innovation that
we believe is going to be critical to the next wave of growth in the
collaboration industry."

Among those who participated in the Ava 500 beta program is Bayer.

"As a large company with facilities across the globe, technologies like Ava
500 offer several advantages to our business in terms of cost savings and
productivity," said Dr. Michael Graefenstedt, vice president BU Polyurethanes
and Head of Commercial Business Development EMEA/LA at Bayer. "From my office
in Germany, I was able to use Ava 500 to manage and collaborate with U.S.
colleagues in a way that would have necessitated expensive travel otherwise.
Having experienced a physical presence in the meeting and the advantage of
"walking around" with colleagues at their offices, I believe this technology
holds great promise for how business will be conducted on a global scale
moving forward."

Applications:

iRobot Ava 500 is ideal when freedom of movement and physical presence are
needed to achieve an even more personal degree of remote collaboration. It
holds potential for a wide range of applications including:

  oRemote management: Managers can have a physical presence and be able to
    collaborate, manage and work with their team from a remote location,
    creating a more dynamic, conversational workplace.
  oCollaborative work environments: With Ava 500, someone at home can do the
    job as if he or she were sitting among the team, moving from cube to cube
    with full participation.
  oManufacturing: Allows a remote user to freely walk to different parts of
    the manufacturing floor as if he or she was physically present, putting
    eyes on the problems, delivering immediate insight and providing an
    immediate return.
  oSupply chain / logistics: Brings remote managers and clients right to the
    heart of their operations. Clients can experience multiple locations
    without making a special trip, and managers can talk to their employees in
    their workspaces.
  oData center: Allows a remote technician to move around the premises as
    part of standard inspections, and in the event of a problem, provide
    access to a manager or client without the need for an on-site visit.
  oLaboratories and clean rooms: Gives access to a laboratory or a
    pharmaceutical clean room without compromising the environment. Remote
    visitors and experts can observe the work being done, speak with employees
    and make immediate decisions.
  oCall centers: Delivers a personal connection between managers or trainers
    and call center employees, bringing their physical presence into the call
    centers more frequently and less expensively than through travel.
  oExecutive briefing center / customer experience centers: With busy
    schedules, Ava 500 can provide broader access to senior-level executives
    wherever they are in the world, with hands-on briefings, strategy reviews,
    product demonstrations and opportunities for relationship building.
  oCorporate training: Allows access to remote experts to lead training, and
    for other remote participants to be more actively involved, moving around
    from team to team.

Features:

Ava 500 delivers high-definition, industry-standard video and unprecedented
ease of use. The remote user schedules and controls Ava 500 using an iPad®,
selecting the destination by tapping a location on a map or by choosing a
location or employee name. At the time of the meeting, the robot autonomously
navigates its way to the desired location and initiates the call using a Cisco
TelePresence EX60. Because Ava 500 is autonomous and maps its own environment,
there is no need to drive the robot or to understand the location's layout.
Ava 500 intelligently and safely self-navigates busy, real-world enterprise
environments without bumping into people or objects. When desired, manual
operations to rotate the robot, move the telepresence system up-and-down, and
tilt the camera are also provided for more refined control of the robot. This
allows the user to move about the room, participate in side discussions, and
to be at either a standing or sitting height. At the end of the meeting, the
Ava 500 simply disconnects and automatically returns to its charging station.

Availability:

Ava 500 is available through select certified Cisco resellers. iRobot will be
demonstrating the robot at the Enterprise Connect Conference in Orlando from
March 17-19 in Cisco's booth (booth #904) and in Yorktel's booth (booth
#1719).Yorktel is a certified Ava 500 reseller.

Supporting Resources:

  oiRobot Ava 500 website
  oCisco TelePresence EX60 data sheet

About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company's home
robots help people find smarter ways to clean, its defense & security robots
protect those in harm's way, and its remote presence robots enable virtual
presence from anywhere in the world. iRobot's robots feature proprietary
technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility,
manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot,
please visit www.irobot.com.

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SOURCE iRobot Corp.

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Contact: Media Relations - Charlie Vaida, iRobot Corp., (781) 430-3182,
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