Well, there are some things that take a little experience to diagnose -- and your local hospital's attending may not have a clue on how to diagnose accurately. i.e "my hand is numb", or slurred speech meaning... A second opinion from a remote expert will save lives.
oh and "...to remain on track to meet our revenue and increase our profit expectations for fiscal year 2012,"
I meant to post this above ..oh well..
Seeking Alpha: "iRobot (IRBT) is slated to report its Q2 results after the bell tonight, and analysts polled by Capital IQ are expecting the company to report a profit of $0.15 per share on revenue of $108.6 million."
Revenue for the second quarter of 2012 was $111.4 million,
Quarterly earnings per share were $0.26
So +2.8m Revenue, +.11 earnings
not too shabby.
I find this funny -- Security-bots are easily stolen. So are robot lawnmowers.
Is a robot entitled to self defense?
earnings... gulp.. here we go again.
it may not be the great cash cow I was hoping, but being the sole supplier of small SUGV class robots for the Army is nice.
The SUGV platform may find other uses as the Aware technology improves.
(you may want to stop reading at this point)
It is getting close to being (lol) self-aware, where it will be able to travel unattended (batterys are improving -- but you can only go so far on battery power) and take point, go out on missions, ... allow itself to be captured and then phone home or self destruct... Take prisoners by using its grabbers to get them by the..
Or go out in the field after the combine and pick up missed/dropped grain;
Spend its life in the fields, weeding -- chasing rabbits -- ?
There is a lot of upside to this platform, so don't dump it at a discount.
oK, that was funny... A Laser armed lawn robot -- im sure the focus would not be adjustable unless -- some eviiil genius was planning a takeover...
I was thinking a reed style cutter where the grass gets pinched between a roller and the blade - a lot harder to get fingers/toes chopped off and cuts better -- less maintenance.
IRBT seems to have done the math on the lawnmower and decided not to pursue..
FB is back!
I like that idea -- and when its done, it could start over. Right up irbt's alley -- with scooba and the pool cleaning bot.
"currently 75% of our business comes from selling consumer robots" if only G+I was growing like consumer...
reading this I picture a overladen 'bot getting a nudge down a flight of stairs... or after Ava lets someone in the room, a hand comes out of an another room -- grabbing the hapless bot and dragging it inside -- where it is promptly dismantled...
I don't think these are ready for that kind of job.
You could call someone with a webcam to act as your robot or... If you could drive your virtual presence there yourself, that would be better. Ever try to get someone to help you? hand me that screwdriver... no the other one, sheesh! NO, Ill get it...
I see many opportunities -- want to visit the museum?
Too easy to steal as well.. An unattended lawn-bot is pretty juicy target. The trick is to find a job that can be robotized cheap enough -- without huge R&D. I think Irbt's mgmt is doing just fine with the upgrades to packbot/sugv and the much improved Roomba and Scooba, and the foray into hospitals and the...
There is a lot going on at IRBT.
I was expecting G+I to be > 50% in sales if not in profit... nice the Roomba is selling so well in the new markets.
I am a little miffed that SUGV isn't getting deployed in the thousands. I personally believe that they would save a lot of (our troops) lives.
I bet those red eyes look real scary in a dark room
20 meters a minute? You are gonna have to wait for this guide...
Kinda cool, but a packbot does better, a SUGV does better than that and Ava does even better.
If this is the competition...!!
Yes, the Roomba saved IRBTs bacon last quarter...
I personally think that every soldier needs a SUGV. but not in a pack, traveling in front of them... Personal bodyguard...
Oh well.. maybe v2. So much for 10,000 robots.