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By BOSTINNOVATION.COM STAFF  |  December 29, 2010

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HEARTLAND ROBOTICSHeartland Robotics has been hush-hush on what they're building, but just raised another $20 million in a Series B funding round in November. The company was founded by former MIT prof Rodney Brooks, who was co-founder/CTO of iRobot — and his new venture appears to be a kind of Roomba for light industry. Reports are that they're developing a cheap ($5000) robot that can perform repetitive manufacturing tasks. People who've seen Heartland's 'bot described it to the Boston Globe as "a lightweight robot that looks like a human from the waist up, with a torso; either one or two arms with grippers, and a camera where you might expect the head to be." Can it blog? We'll take five, please. ^

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