White Box Robotics

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White Box Robotics
Industry Robotics
Founded 2000
Founder Thomas Burick
Products Robots
Website www.whiteboxrobotics.com
914 PC-Bot

White Box Robotics was founded in 2000 by Thomas Burick.[1]

In 2005, White Box was acquired by Frontline Robotics[2] of Ottawa, Canada and in working together the company designed, developed, manufactured and launched the 914 PC-BOT the first of the 9-series robots, a general service robot designed for digital life in the home, at work and at play.[3][4][5] Released to early market in December, 2006 and shown as part of the Digital Life Show in New York the 914 PC-BOT won "Best of Show: Future Technology" award.[6][7]

In 2007 a strategic partnership between Heathkit and White Box Robotics, South Korea was formed to sell the HE-RObot a badge-engineered version of the 914 PC-Bot[8]

In 2014 the PC-Bot line was discontinued after Cohort Systems Inc's acquisition of White Box Robotics and Frontline Robotics.[9]



  1. ^ The Engadget Interview: Tom Burick, CEO of White Box Robotics, by Peter Rojas, November 29th 2004, Engadget
  2. ^ Two Pioneering Robotics Companies Merge to Create Commercial Security Robots, 10 May 2005, Community - News and Events, Frontline Robotics
  3. ^ Digital Tipping Point: Thomas Burick, Founder, White Box Robotics 01 (2005), DigitalTippingPoint.com
  4. ^ Stand Watch For White Box Robots, By Heather Clancy, July 8, 2005, CRN
  5. ^ Robotics companies merge, aim at high-end business use, Johan Bostrom (IDG News Service), 11 May 2005, PC World Australia
  6. ^ DigitalLife 2006 Award Winners, FUTURE TECHNOLOGY: Whitebox Robotics 914 PCbot, Whitebox Robotics http://www.whiteboxrobotics.com/, October 16, 2006, Tom Keating, Tmcnet
  7. ^ White Box Robotics’ 9-Series PC Robots Officially Not Vaporware, by William Cox, September 19, 2006, The robots, manufactured by Frontline Robotics, which merged with Tom Burick’s brainchild, White Box Robotics, are first being released in a low quantity, initial run., RobotShop Blog
  8. ^ Heathkit's son of HERO surfaces 20 years later, December 30, 2007, By MICHAEL ELIASOHN, The Herald Palladium
  9. ^ Cohort Systems Inc. Completes Acquisition of Frontline Robotics and White Box Robotics, 21 September 2014, Cohort Systems (Blog)

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