Japanese military makes a flying orb camera

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is not done with wire removal, but we are seeing a flying robot ball. It bears a strong resemblance to the torture ball robot from the original Star Wars movie, but this doesn’t have a needle on it, but a camera.

Yes, the purpose of the flying robot ball is to float in and take pictures. Its ball shape makes it more resistant, it case it bumps into walls.

This flying orb was designed by the Japan’s Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute. It can travel at a top speed of 40 miles per hour, and files on a single propeller with eight wings. You can see more of it on a video after the jump.

I suppose that this could be used to scope out enemy territory, but the big black ball looks pretty easy to shoot down. Personally, I think it has more uses in the private sector.

Imagine if your boss put this flying camera on your back in order to monitor your job performance. Yeah, I don’t like that idea, and it reminds me of an episode of Regular Show called “Peeps”. If you aren’t watching the Cartoon Network’s Regular Show, you are missing out on one of the funniest things on television.

But I don’t want to digress on that too much. As for this flying orb camera, it only cost $1,000 to make, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more of it in the future.


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