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Los Angeles, California, May 16, 2007 - Tom's Hardware Guide (http://www.tomshardware.com) and iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) today launched the inaugural iRobot Create Challenge (http://www.tomshardware.com/irobot), a contest for aspiring roboticists, developers, hobbyists, and students. The iRobot Create programmable robot platform enables users to design and assemble new robots for both practical and fun purposes. The grand prize is $5,000. iRobot is also offering a limited number of free scholarship robot packages for those who wish to enter the main contest, but do not have the ability to purchase an iRobot Create kit themselves.
We teamed with iRobot to offer this challenge to our tech-savvy audience who loves electronics and innovation, said Barry Gerber, Editorial Technical Director of TG Publishing. Readers of Tom's Hardware Guide and grass-roots roboticists get to showcase their talents through the iRobot Create Challenge.
Tom's Hardware Guide is a popular online media publication and a vibrant center of intelligent and trusted content for technology enthusiasts, said Helen Greiner, Co-founder and Chairman, iRobot. Were delighted to be working with TG Publishing to launch our very first competition for robot hobbyists, the iRobot Create Challenge Contest.
iRobot Create is an affordable robot design and assembly platform. With Create, developers can begin designing new robot applications out of the box. The platform provides access to robot sensors and actuators via an open interface. iRobot Create also features standard connections for electronics and threaded mounting holes that allow users to secure their inventions to the robot, streamlining the integration of third-party electronics such as sensors, cameras, arms and wireless connections.
For more information about the iRobot Create Challenge, visit www.tomshardware.com/irobot .
iRobot is a provider of robots that perform dull, dirty or dangerous missions in a better way. The companys proprietary technology, iRobot AWARE Robot Intelligence Systems, incorporates advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. This proprietary system enables iRobot to build behavior-based robots, including its family of consumer and military robots. For additional information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
Bestofmedia Group (www.bestofmedia.com/us/) is one of the top-three online media publishing companies for technology in the world with over 35 million readers a month. It is the publisher of Tom's Hardware (www.tomshardware.com), Tom's Guide (www.tomsguide.com), Tom's Games (www.tomsgames.com) and other leading web publications. Bestofmedia Group provides real-time technology product reviews, forums, news, technical support, and information to millions of IT professionals, technology decision makers, business executives, consumers, corporate buyers, industry analysts, tech enthusiasts and purchasing influencers. Bestofmedia LLC is headquartered in Culver City, California and is owned by Bestofmedia Group.