Endeavor Robotics provides German government with ‘throwable’ robots
Endeavor Robotics recently delivered 44 FirstLook robots to the German government after a highly competitive bid process. Endeavor bested the other competitors’ offerings prior to successfully passing field tests comparing FirstLook’s performance capabilities against the German Government’s stated requirements. “I’m really proud of the work our team is doing,” Endeavor Robotics President Tom Frost, says. “The FirstLook is a critical tool used globally to keep soldiers and first responders safe from lethal threats. We are pleased to deliver the same critical capability to our allies in the German government.”
FirstLook robots are used worldwide across multiple sectors, including military, law enforcement and the energy industry. The 5lbs ‘throwable’ robot can be dropped 16ft onto concrete without sustaining damage. The recordable day/night cameras and two-way audio provide the user with immediate awareness of their surroundings. FirstLooks are often used to clear buildings and detect IEDs. The robots can climb up to seven inches and can automatically ‘self-right’ when flipped over. The remote controlled robot acts as ‘eyes and ears’ allowing the human operator to increase their stand-off distance from potential threats. The camera’s audio and video recordings also provide critical post-mission analysis.
This recent deal marks the Chelmsford-based company’s second product to see widespread fielding with the German government. Since 2006, Endeavor Robotics (formerly iRobot Corporation) has outfitted and sustained the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) with a fleet of PackBot robots used to identify and dispose of explosive devices. Local sales and support for the fleet of robots is offered by Endeavor’s partner, European Logistic Partners (ELP GmbH).
“We are enthusiastic to continue our partnership with Germany and proud to have our robots protecting their military and law enforcement,” Mr. Frost concludes.