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Roomba maker spends $6M on health care robots

February 1, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
intouch_health_robot.jpgJanuary 31, 2012 by Brendan Lynch via BostonHerald.com -- Bedford's iRobot has invested $6 million into California telepresence company InTouch Health to develop health care robots.

"Less techie doctors will benefit from the ability to do remote diagnoses," iRobot CEO Colin Angle told the Herald today. "The dream is to allow a specialist a global reach through the use of an FDA-cleared, high-performance robot with enough intelligence and ability to deliver a diagnosis."

Angle described the robot, which has not been revealed, as a "thermonuclear version" of its Ava product, a mobile robot that can use a commercial tablet computer like an iPad for a "head."

The health care version would not use a commercial tablet, but instead an InTouch-developed display that could deliver high-enough resolution video and audio to allow for medical diagnosis.

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