In 1990, iRobot Corporation was founded by Rodney Brooks, Colin Angle and Helen Greiner and produced domestic and military robots. PackBot is a series of military robots produced by the company. More than 2000 were used in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were then used again to aid searching through the debris of the world trade center after 9/11 in 2001. Another instance of the PackBot technology being implemented was to the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami where they were the first to assess the site. As of November 2014, the U.S. Army is refurbishing 224 iRobot 510 robots. The PackBot technology is also used in collaboration with NASA for their rovers and probes.
1990 – iRobot Corporation & Packbots