The GroundBot is a spherical sentry designed to roll up to 6 mph through just about anything—mud, sand, snow and even water. Two gyroscopically steadied wide-angle cameras and a suite of sensors give remote operators a real-time, 360-degree view of the landscape, letting them zoom in on prowlers or detect gas leaks, radioactivity and biohazards. Originally invented by Swedish physicists to explore other planets, the GroundBot features a tough design that requires almost no maintenance and can also be programmed to run autonomously. Its sealed shell protects its interior against grit and allows it to survive steep drops, while a rubber skin dampens vibration and provides traction. To get rolling, the robot simply shifts its weight. Its center of mass is suspended from a pendulum inside the sphere, so motors just push the pendulum to the front, to the back, or to the side. Lithium-ion batteries provide up to 16 hours of spy time. rotundus.se
Thats cool! Yeah, i remember the original one for mars
You can beat 16 hrs operational time by taking the extra batteries and the electric motor out and putting in a hamster. Make provision to feed, water, and keep the little critter oxygenated for a couple weeks.
that cool that the GroundBot can go in water. and it has a battery that can lest up to 16 hours .
i like this bot it is easy to run and it can go almost any where. If we could use this in space we could use it on earth for something bigger. the only thing i want to know it what dose it run off of
i thought that it was good to read about. also what i found interesting about it was that it was made to roll up 6mph through anything. i found out it explores other planets. it's very good to use when you can.
its so cool because a hamsterweel thing in space.I think its pretty cool a thing about the size of a basketball that has a battery that lasts longer than some lab tops.I thought the pendulum idea was a nifty because its so simple but yet it took so long,why,I dont know all i know is if i would have thought of that i could put it to alot of good uses.My idea on the subject is why cant we put into cars.
Have you ever tried 4x4ing in a pickup with bald tires? yah, I think that this design isn't practical. It will be good for rolling around in the kitchen, but in an actual earth terrain... Yah..... NOPE.
Similar to the previous spherical surveillance rovers for Mars, wouldn't this have difficulty treading steep inclines or up somewhat steep slopes or hilly terrain?
anyone who has any questions, go to rotundus.se it has a video of it in action, too. I only wonder how much it costs. probably something like 100,000,000,000,000,000$ I wish I could have one for christmas!
make a lot bigger, more powerful motor, a lot more batteries, a couple of vents here and there, and stuff someone inside.
sure, it can't climb more than a 20 degree incline without rolling over, but since when have you gone to work in a giant hamtser wheel?
here is what they don't advertise:
if sold to the military, the price per ball is ... $1,???,000. paid by the taxpayer, of course.
no video on how this ball deals with potholes, leaves, branches, snow and what it actually does, when in the water. nothing.
Robert1234 You can have one. They are usually available about Christmas at any toy store. They do pretty good, but do have trouble going up slopes over about 30 deg. but they know that. The thing is, they are really cheap to make so you can drop a lot of them anywhere you want. Oh, they do downhill really nicely, and they work in mud pretty well too.
OK guys, big brother is still around! Hide your... What did you say?... Who's looking at the image it send?... I just told you : BIG BROTHER!... Oh sorry. I thought you were still believing in Santaclaus! Don't worry, be happy. 'cause it doesn't matter anymore... But who payed the scientists that made this????