iRobot is introducing a new pint-size spybot that users can throw or even submerge in water before it starts roving around and doing surveillance.
The 110 FirstLook is a rugged little remote-controlled machine that's 10 inches long and weighs less than 5 pounds. It has four cameras and IR lights for night work, as well as a pair of flippers to overcome obstacles and right itself (see vid below).
With a top speed of 3.5 mph, FirstLook can roll around for 6 hours per charge or operate for 10 hours while stationary. It's controlled from a wrist-mounted touch-screen remote, seen above.
Rugged like the battle-tested PackBot, FirstLook can survive drops of 15 feet onto a concrete surface, as well as immersion in water, according to IEEE Spectrum.
The robot can network with other FirstLooks to relay information over long distances. It can also carry payloads such as thermal imagers, radiation sensors, and up to a half-pound of explosives.
Now wouldn't that be a tasty little toy to play with? We'll get more info about FirstLook as details are made available.
(Via IEEE Spectrum)