Here’s a picture of the new Surveyor SRV-1 chassis, which is replacing the last version. As you can see, the electronics are the same, but everything is recessed into the body now, which looks pretty slick. The front plate that the laser pointers mount into also comes up to cover up the camera’s PCB.
The biggest differences are far from cosmetic, though. The tracks are now driven by four motors instead of two. Those of you with extra deep-pile 1970′s-era shag carpeting (we know you’re out there) don’t have to worry any more. Surveyor Corp heard your call and answered it. Backing up this quadruple-whammy of a drive system is a 7.2 V, 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery pack. The new battery pack (a welcome upgrade from the older model’s bulky Li-Ion cells) boasts a runtime of 4 hours!
GUESS WHAT. We sell these things, too. If you’re planning a project that will require a number of small autonomous or wirelessly-controlled rovers, you don’t need to spend precious development time designing the bots! The SRV-1 is a great out-of-the-box platform for swarm or solo applications; or any time you find yourself in need of a camera-equipped, Wi-Fi-enabled, internet-controllable, compact track-bot with a powerful main processor an killer battery life!