iRobot has unveiled today pre-production prototypes of the iRobot 110 FirstLook robot. The iRobot 110 FirstLook provides quick situational awareness, performs persistent observation and investigates confined spaces. The robot weighs less than 5 pounds and is 10 inches long. The small spy robot can be thrown into action. The 110 FirstLook survives 15-foot drops onto concrete and is waterproof to three feet. The robot climbs steps, overcomes curbs and other obstacles, turns in place and self-rights when flipped over.
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With four built-in cameras and two-way audio communication, 110 FirstLook provides multi-direction situational awareness. It also has digital mesh networking capabilities, allowing multiple robots to relay radio communications over greater distances. 110 FirstLook uses a wrist-mounted, touchscreen operator control unit (OCU) with a built-in radio.
“FirstLook is going to be a very important tool for warfighters and first responders,” said Robert Moses, president of iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robots division. “Given its small size, ruggedness and state-of-the-art capabilities, the robot is ideal for a range of infantry missions and special operations.”
FirstLook is light, small and stores in a standard load-out. The robot weighs less than 5 pounds and is 10 inches long, 9 inches wide and 4 inches tall.
FirstLook is throwable. The robot survives 15-foot drops onto concrete and is waterproof to 3 feet.
FirstLook is maneuverable in a variety of environments. The robot climbs steps up to 8 inches high, overcomes curbs and other obstacles, turns in place and self-rights when flipped over.
FirstLook operates efficiently in challenging conditions. The robot gets more than 6 hours of runtime on a typical mission and up to 10 hours performing stationary video monitoring. The robot uses IR illumination to enhance low light and no light operations.
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iRobot will demonstrate 110 FirstLook for military and law enforcement personnel. The robot will be available for delivery to customers in 2012.