It’s only a matter of time until this technology is applied to a vehicle that can seat a human being!
Its Japanese developers call it the ‘Futuristic Circular Flying Object’ and it’s designed to go where humans can’t.
The radio-controlled sphere, roughly the size of a basketball, was built for search and rescue operations, specifically to fly in and out of buildings weakened by earthquakes or other natural disasters.
The device uses its onboard camera to transmit live images of whatever it sees.
Fumiyuki Sato, at the Japanese Defense Ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute, invented and built the vehicle for roughly 110,000 yen (£865 / $1,390) with parts purchased off the shelf at consumer electronics stores.He said: ‘Because of its spherical shape, it can land in various positions and tumble to move around the ground.’It zips through the air, glides smoothly around corners, and negotiates staircases with ease, all the while emitting a soft hum.
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