The Forbot is radio-controlled, highly adaptable and made from aircraft-grade aluminum. All elements of the design have been ruggedized in order to enable it to operate in a wide range of environmental conditions.
The robot boasts six wheel drive and consists of a lower shell, which houses the electronics, and a flatbed platform that can be customized for a wide range of client applications in the military, civilian and scientific research areas. The platform can either be tailor-made so that the application is seamless with the wireless robot, or the user can customize it.
The wheels are fitted with rubber chevron tires that provide high traction and agility, similar to that of a tracked vehicle, while enabling speeds that are expected of a wheeled vehicle. The wheels are extra-wide at 85 mm and the tires have a 5 mm tread depth – both of these features contribute to the overall stability and robustness of the vehicle.
The internal housing for the electronics is waterproof while the external finishings are splashproof. The robot can function in cold, snowy conditions as well as desert temperatures.
The Forbot is portable and has the following dimensions:
Length: 60 cm Width: 50 cm Height: 20 cm.
It has a retractable handle and a net weight of 20 kg. Most customer enhancements placed on the platform are expected to be lightweight, but the sturdy robot can handle payloads of up to 30 kg, for a gross weight of up to 50 kg.
The Forbot is radio controlled and an iPhone app has been developed to send commands in Elmo’s programming language directly to the controller. Using Apple’s touch screen technology, navigation is incredibly simple.