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Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Mini Spy Robot from iRobot

Credit: iRobot, 110 FirstLook
iRobot has released a new small ground robot called iRobot 110 FirstLook, that provides hasty situational awareness, performs persistent observation and investigates confined spaces. FirstLook is ideal for a range of infantry missions and special operations, including building clearing, raids and other close-in scenarios. It is

The robot can be used for situational awareness in a wide range of mission environments, maintain a persistent presence for more than six hours, can investigate tunnels, ditches, culverts and other hard-to-access places.

The robot weighs less than 2,2 kg and is only 25 cm long, 23 cm wide and 10 cm tall. The robot is throwable and survives 4,5 meter drops onto concrete and is waterproof to 90 cm. It is maneuverable in a variety of environments. The robot climbs steps up to 20 cm 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. Four built-in cameras with configurable video compression provide high situational awareness, allowing observation points in front of, behind and on both sides of the robot. The robot also includes twoway audio communication. The wrist-mounted, touchscreen operator control unit (OCU) is battery-powered and includes a built-in radio. Digital mesh networking allows multiple FirstLook robots to relay messages over greater distances, increasing Line of Sight and Non-Line of Sight capabilities. The robot offers multiple public and military radio band configurations.

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