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Pentagon awards a contract to iRobot

Last week, iRobot said it will market the Ava 500, a telepresence robot that allows remote participation in meetings and visual access to factories and labs.

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Last week, iRobot said it will market the Ava 500, a telepresence robot that allows remote participation in meetings and visual access to factories and labs.

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A Pentagon contract awarded to iRobot Corp. for the supply of unspecified “robotic systems and spare parts” to the Army is worth up to $30 million, the Boston Business Journal said. The award follows iRobot’s receiving in May contracts worth $7.2 million to provide unmanned vehicles to Brazil as it prepares for a papal visit, the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

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