The iRobot 110 FirstLook is a throwable robot produced by iRobot, a company based in the US. Image: courtesy of iRobot.
The FirstLook robot is equipped with four 8x digital zoom cameras. Image: courtesy of iRobot.
The 110 FirstLook robot can travel at a speed of 5.5km/h. Image: courtesy of iRobot.
The FirstLook robot can operate for more than six hours. Image: courtesy of iRobot.

The iRobot 110 FirstLook is a throwable robot produced by iRobot, a company based in the US.

iRobot 110 First Look is a small, lightweight and throwable unmanned ground vehicle manufactured by American robot maker, iRobot. It is intended to meet the mission needs of infantry and special operations forces.

Pre-production prototypes of the 110 FirstLook robot were unveiled in April 2011. iRobot received a $1.5m order from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) for the supply of more than 100 FirstLook unmanned ground vehicles in March 2012.

The US Navy placed a $4m order for an undisclosed number of iRobot 110 FirstLook robots and accessories in August 2015, for scheduled completion of deliveries in  2016.

Missions of 110 FirstLook robot

“The robot is designed to perform multiple missions, including explosive detection, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and bomb disposal.”

The robot is designed to perform multiple  missions, including explosive detection, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), bomb disposal, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) and HazMat detection, checkpoint/vehicle inspections, persistent observation, and route/building clearance.

It can also be used to locate and identify hazards in confined areas and close-in scenarios, and is capable of operating in visual obscurants under all weather conditions.

iRobot 110 FirstLook design and features

The iRobot 110 FirstLook system has a FirstLook robot, operator control unit (OCU), and robot and OCU AC charger with BB-2590 adapter. The 110 FirstLook unmanned ground vehicle incorporates a rugged, compact and lightweight design.

The system is 10in long, 9in wide, 4in high, weighs 5lb (2.26kg) and can be thrown through windows or stairways.

In addition, the robot can be equipped with a small lightweight manipulator (SLM) to manipulate and lift objects weighing up to 3.5lb (1.58kg). The SLM incorporates a manipulator and a mast camera with illuminator.

The robot can be integrated with specialised cameras, thermal imagers, HazMat sensors and charge deployment accessories to meet specific mission needs. It can also carry joint chemical agent detector (JCAD), Smiths Detection’s LCD 3.3, RAE Systems’ MultiRAE, Canberra Radiac and L-3’s weapon thermal monocular (WTM).

Sensors and communications

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The iRobot 110 FirstLook robot has four integrated 8x digital zoom cameras, each mounted at front, rear, left and right sides. Cameras provide all-round situational awareness in multiple directions under visually-challenging environments. The cameras feature adjustable exposure and gain controls and are sensitive to visible and near-infrared (NIR) light.

An integrated deployment and camera (IDAC) can be attached to provide improved situational awareness through its integrated features such as 270° adjustable mast camera angle, visible light illumination and three motorised pins.

The built-in 2.4GHz or 4.9GHz iRobot mesh radio facilitates reliable communication between the operator and the robot through multiple paths. The robot also uses a digital radio, a modular interface, and a line of sight communication system with a range of 200m.

Control unit

The rugged, water-resistant, rechargeable iRobot uPoint multi-robot control system with a built-in radio enables the operator to perform command and control of the robot from stand-off distances. The control system weighs 2lb (0.9kg) and features an easy-to-use LCD touchscreen for displaying the real-time imagery and video captured by built-in cameras.

Performance of iRobot 110 FirstLook robot

The iRobot 110 FirstLook robot is fitted with rotating flippers, allowing it to climb obstacles of up to 7in, turn in place, and self-right when flipped over. Its tracked propulsion with skid steering and zero radius turn offers high mobility.

The unmanned ground vehicle has an endurance of more than six hours and can reach speeds up to 5.5km/h. It can sustain 16ft drops onto concrete and can be submersed to a depth of 3.3ft. The robot is operable in temperatures ranging between -20°C and 55°C.

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