iRobot Announces Lightweight Throwable Robot

Bedford, MA-based iRobot has announced a pre-production prototype of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), the iRobot 110 FirstLook.

Designed to assist its operator with observation and investigation of confined spaces, the rugged “throwable” robot features four built-in cameras, two-way audio communication, and digital mesh networking capabilities, which would allow multiple units to relay radio communications signals. The 110 FirstLook is designed to withstand up to 15-foot drops onto concrete and is waterproof to three feet.

Weighing in at less than five pounds the robot can climb steps, overcome obstacles, turn in place and can right itself if it gets flipped over.

According to Robert Moses, president of iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robots division, who was quoted in a company press release, “FirstLook is going to be a very important tool for warfighters and first responders. Given its small size, ruggedness and state-of-the-art capabilities, the robot is ideal for a range of infantry missions and special operations.”

The robot is scheduled to be available for delivery to military and law enforcement customers in 2012.

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