Due to the enormous projected impact of health care over the next two decades (and because no futuristic article would be complete without a robot reference), investors should closely monitor the trend of using robotics to assist in health care settings. Massachusetts-based iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) is the leader in the growing robot industry, and a pioneer in the development of robots for performing medical tasks.
iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) currently markets the RP-VITA, which gives doctors the ability to work remotely with a robotic presence for patient interaction. RP-VITA, which was approved by the FDA in January, gives doctors the ability to see patients without actually being on-site, as the robot can be used for patient examinations and in surgical settings.
As innovative as RP-VITA is today, iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT)’s long-term future could bring an even more exciting and ground-breaking technology — physician assistive robots. Imagine an iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT)-developed device performing complex surgeries with minimal complications and a high level of accuracy. These devices could work around the clock, never getting fatigued, and could perform more complex surgeries than humans.
Shares of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) are higher by about 20% over the last year due to strong sales of gimmicky consumer robot devices, but the company maintains a reasonable enterprise value of around $650 million. At this price, iRobot could be an acquisition target for a larger company like General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) or Siemens AG (NYSE:SI). Because of its great potential for future growth or acquisition, iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) deserves to be stored in a savvy investor’s long-term account.
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