iRobot Nets Order for FirstLook Robots

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Greg Galitzine

iRobot Nets Order for FirstLook Robots

iRobot Corp. announced a $1.5 million order for more than 100 of the company’s model 110 FirstLook robots. The order was funded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

Last April, we described the FirstLook as an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed to assist its operator with observation and investigation of confined spaces.

According to iRobot, the device is ideal for a wide range of infantry and special operations missions, including building clearing, raids and other close-in scenarios.

iRobot 110 FirstLook 1.JPGThe lightweight “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.

The robot is designed to climb steps, overcome obstacles, turn in place and can right itself if it gets flipped over. It weighs less than five pounds.

Tim Trainer, interim general manager of iRobot’s Military Robots business unit is excited by the positive feedback from customers who are trialing the FirstLook.

“Similar to how iRobot’s PackBot and SUGV robots changed the way explosive ordnance disposal missions are conducted, we feel FirstLook will change how infantry and special operations missions are performed in the years ahead,” he said.

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