Thursday, 21 Jul, 2011 Technology

Latest Invention: Remote-Controlled Spherical Flying Object


Fumiyuki Sato, a researcher at the Japanese Defense Ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute, has come up with an original device which he provisionally named "Futuristic Circular Flying Object".

The device represents a radio-controlled black sphere able to roll over different obstacles without getting crashed and can shoot video of locations that suffered from disasters. The video camera incorporated in the device makes up the core of the sphere. The live video footage is instantly transmitted to the person that controls the device.

It is worth mentioning that the flying object, which is about the size of a basketball, was made using lightweight carbon and styrene components, which is why it weights only 348 grams. It is composed of 8 rudders, 16 spoilers and 3 gyro sensors powered by lithium ion batteries.

The device can fly continuously for about 8 minutes and reach a top speed of 37mph, while registering a low noise level. Due to its spherical shape the machine can easily land on virtually any surface and in any position.

Sato required about $1,400 to build his flying sphere, using components from a consumer electronic store. The device can be very useful during calamities, mainly because these take place quite often in the land of the rising sun.

[via Wonderhowto]

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