Tuesday, 25 Oct, 2011 Technology

Latest Invention: GroundBot - Round Robot that Shoots Video in 3D


Rotundus, a company based in Sweden, has come up with a robot that has a spherical shape and features a pair of cameras that make it possible for the robot's remote operator to shoot live video in 3D.

Dubbed GroundBot, the machine can easily roll through snow, sand and even float in the water, allowing its user to make video almost anywhere.

It can be controlled with the help of a programmed autonomous GPS-based system. A very interesting thing about this invention is that the GroundBot can be fitted with a wide range of technological features, including wide-angled cameras that provide 360-degree vision, night vision (infrared) cameras, microphone and loudspeakers, and even sensors able to detect radioactivity, gas, humidity, fire, heat, smoke, biological material, explosives, or narcotics. All of the sensors are well-protected within a polycarbonate casing.

The Groundbot can also move and turn in different directions, being driven by a pendulum-based apparatus. It can reach a top speed of 10kph (6mph). Depending on the task, the robot can function for 8-16 hours. Then the built-in rechargeable battery has to be refilled.

The size of the robot can be compared to the size of a car tire - it is 60 centimeters (23.6 inches) in diameter and weights 25 kilograms (55lbs).

The developer says that its device can be widely used in airports, train stations, power plants, borders and warehouses. At the same time the Groundbot can be useful in perimeter protection and stadium/event surveillance.

Watch the video below to see the robot in action at an airport.

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