Monday, October 31, 2011

VIDEO: Incredible Flying-Sphere...

Japan's Defense Ministry is taking design influence that are out of this world with this flying sphere... During the demo at a technology expo, the drone performed amazing areal maneuvers by zipping and zagging at 60km/h as well as staying virtually stable even when struck by an obstacle... it also rolls on the ground to get around as well...! 
Perhaps most impressive: the thing is built with off-the-shelf parts and costs a ridiculously lean $1,400. For that you get airborne speeds topping out at nearly 40 miles per hour and stability backed up by three on-board gyros that keep the thing aloft even when it runs into objects. Not bad bang for your buck.

via popsci

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