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CoroWare signs RoadNarrows as robot distributor

REDMOND, WA - January 7, 2008 - CoroWare, an Innova Robotics & Automation company, today announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with RoadNarrows LLC, a distributor of personal and domestic robots, for its CoroBot line of mobile robots.

Until recently, CoroWare has successfully marketed and sold the CoroBot product line to educational, industrial and military sectors through its direct sales efforts. To reach a broader audience, including commercial developers and researchers, technical educators and robot enthusiasts, CoroWare has begun developing a network of qualified distributors and resellers worldwide.

CoroWare's CoroBot is a robot development platform that includes a PC-class processor, on-board sensors, color camera and an optional robotic arm capable of four degrees of freedom. Everything needed to jump start a robotic project is affordably packaged in the CoroBot.

By teaming up with RoadNarrows, CoroWare believes it will see an increased market presence in the large US market among enterprising researchers, academics and military users who need a powerful development tool at an affordable price.

"RoadNarrows has a proven track record of selling and supporting a wide range of academic and research robot platforms today," said Jon Mandrell, Director of CoroWare’s Robotics and Automation group. "We believe this agreement will help us better serve our university research and military customers, reach a broader market including technical education and robotics application development and open up the broad and deep US market."

"The CoroBot product line fills a much-needed niche for research and academic robots. Many of our customers have been asking for an affordable, mobile platform supporting a PC-class processor and a standard interface. By supporting both Linux with the open-source software Player/Stage and Windows XP with Microsoft Robotics Studio, the CoroBot line provides a powerful platform for robotics development as well as education and related research", said Kim Wheeler, CEO and co-founder of RoadNarrows LLC. “Furthermore the CoroBot can be pre-implemented with software that’s compliant with JAUS reference architecture version 3.2 (Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems) at an affordable price point for our military customers.” JAUS is a Department of Defense standard in the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise (JGRE) to promote interoperability of unmanned systems.

About RoadNarrows
RoadNarrows LLC is a privately held robotics and technologies company founded in 2002 based in Loveland, Colorado. The retail business division of RoadNarrows LLC is RoadNarrows Robotics which sells and provides technical support for some of the most popular robotic product lines used by the academic and research community world-wide. RoadNarrows has an active research and development division designing robot peripherals, intelligent cameras, mobile sensor architectures and open-source educational software.

About CoroWare
CoroWare, an Innova Robotics & Automation company, is a software and software professional services provider and mobile robotics integrator that delivers high value services and innovative solutions to maximize technology investments and achieve customers' goals. CoroWare has depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in developing software and solutions for mobile service robotics and business automation through products that include the CoroBot product line.

About Innova Robotics & Automation, Inc.
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Innova Robotics & Automation (INRA.OB) pioneers innovative solutions for customers in the software, aerospace, research and service industries. The Company is chartered to continue expanding its growing suite of technologies through acquisitions and organic growth.
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