SWAT BOT has trouble-makers in its sights
By Jeff Salton
December 14, 2009
The Robotic Weapon or SWAT BOT is what you get when you cross a paintball gun and pepper spray with a remote-controlled RV whose parents were a laptop computer and the Road Runner. Designed for law enforcement situations like riot control, hostage scenarios, building security, bomb threats or other hostile or covert situations, this all-aluminum, lithium polymer battery powered unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is equipped with a 100-round magazine, wireless barrel-cam and can fire paint and pepper balls or hardened rubber rounds up to 250ft at a rate of 20 shots per second as well as travel at speeds in excess of 50mph.
Manufactured by Inspector Bots.com, a company that boasts of its “affordable, remotely-operated, electric vehicles designed to go where it is difficult, dangerous, hazardous, lethal, toxic or just too hostile for humans to go”, the SWAT BOT has a wireless control range of around 700ft, weighs 40lbs and can tow 20lbs. It can climb to a maximum of 30° and has a run-time between charges of between one to eight hours. It measures 36 inches (l) x 20 inches (h) x 20 inches (w).
This SWAT BOT has an M16 front sight, ACOG-style red/green dot scope, infra red, barrel-mounted camera and a fake suppressor. It can even take additional cameras and sensors to increase its situational awareness. It can be reconfigured to suit each specific mission.
The mobile system comes with a wireless transmitter and an IR/low lux color camera with night vision which lets its operators see up to 35ft in darkness. It has a high-powered transmitter and receiver and can record its missions on video. Its vision system allows it to be guided via laptop, portable monitor or even a virtual reality headset.
The “First Person View” allows a trained operator to control the vehicle as though they were inside it. The view can be adjusted to up, down, left and right while driving or stationary. It comes pre-assembled from the factory and ready for its first mission.
Prices vary, depending on what equipment you desire to have onboard and other capabilities, but pricing starts at US$4,000 and finishes around US$10,000.
Other bots on the site include the ROMP, Spider Mite, Space Crawler, Delta and Mega Bot.
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