The US Marine Corps is to receive a number of FirstLook throwable robots from Endeavor Robotics via a USD10 million contract that was awarded in May.
The FirstLook is a small, tracked platform that has a flipper system that enables it to right itself and to climb steps – the platform can climb over 17.8 cm obstacles. The platform is submersible to depths of 90 cm. The unit is portable, weighing 2.3 kg, and can be carried in a backpack. It can be thrown and can survive a 5 m drop onto a concrete surface. The FirstLook can reach speeds of up to 5.5 km/h.