iRobot was founded in 1990 by MIT Artificial Lab group members Rodney Brooks, current CEO Colin Angle, and Helen Greiner.
In 1998, the company received a research grant from DARPA which led to the creation of the PackBot.
In 2005, the company went public on the NYSE.
In 2012, the company acquired Evolution Robotics, maker of the Mint floor mop robot.
In October 2018, stock for the company fell 11.2% after the company announced that President Trump’s tariffs would hurt the company and cause them to increase prices.
Today, iRobot has sold over 8 million home robots. They have also deployed over 5,000 defense and security robots for military use.
Company headquarters are located in Bedford, Massachusetts.