Throwable iRobot 110 recon bot gets sensors, manipulator

The 110 FirstLook can carry third-party payloads to enhance functionality.

(Credit: iRobot)

Robots have become an indispensable part of the modern military arsenal, especially machines that can provide detailed reconnaissance of hazardous areas.

iRobot’s 110 FirstLook is essentially a Webcam on treads that’s light and sturdy enough to be tossed around, even through windows.

Now it can be equipped with tools such as a manipulator arm and sensors that can detect radiation and other threats.

The remote-controlled robot weighs about 5 pounds, and the optional arm can lift up to 3 pounds with its gripper and extend 12 inches, allowing it to interact with its environment.

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