Did you know that 1 in 50 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is a robot? Yep and by 2013, the number will likely increase to 1 in 3. When we think about iRobot, housecleaning robots; Roomba and Scooba right away come to mind. However, they are also responsible for providing the army with the majority of their robotic soldiers like the Packbot. Instead of cleaning dust, they perform dangerous search, reconnaissance, and bomb-disposal missions everyday when in battle. So it’s only fitting that iRobot will be inducted into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame at the White House. This award will recognize iRobot’s exemplary work in utilizing federal small business funds to develop leading for both the defense and consumer industries. iRobot Chairman & CEO, Colin Angle and Captain Robert L. Moses (U.S. Navy, Ret.) President – Government and Industrial Robots Division will be on hand to accept the award. Way to go iRobot! I would much rather see more robots on the battlefield preventing our soldiers from getting hurt – as long as it doesn’t start to emulate Terminator 2 – Judgment Day.