Texas Instruments and Roomba-maker iRobot announced on Monday that they would partner to develop robotic technology based on TI's OMAP platform.
The goal is to develop "intelligent and practical robots capable of enhancing people's lives," the companies said. TI intends to shoehorn its electricity-sipping applications processors into iRobots designs with the hope that it can provide more smarts -- image and video processing, for example -- for a longer period of time.
Whether the partnership will manifest itself in iRobot's consumer products, such as the aforementioned automated cleaner, or its military and industrial offerings is unclear. But chances are high that it's the latter, since the smartest tech usually gets put through its paces in the more demanding environment. And if a drone loses power, it could be a matter life or death.
Photo: iRobot's 210 Negotiator, a.k.a. not something you'd want to negotiate with. (iRobot)
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