iRobot Corp. (NSDQ: IRBT), famous for their Roomba automated cleaning robots, invested $6 million and launched an extended partnership with InTouch Health, which develops telemedicine systems for providing remote health care.
The venture builds on an existing relationship that the companies announced last summer, under which the companies engaged in a development and licensing agreement.
The companies launched the partnership to explore opportunities for health care applications on iRobot platforms, which are best known for advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence in robots that clean pools, gutters and carpets. iRobot also develops military robots, like the battle-tested bomb-disarming Packbot.
InTouch develops instruments to help physicians perform real-time remote consults with patients through FDA-cleared telemedicine systems.
Under the expanded agreement, InTouch will provide iRobot with a foot in the door with hospitals, emergency care facilities, patient wards and operating and procedure rooms, according to a press release.
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