The robot relies on one propeller for thrust and eight separate wings for control, and while it doesn't currently carry a payload, it's designed to mount a camera or other sensors. Next up is to instill this thing with some autonomy, and at only $1000 a pop
Another flying quadrotor robot inside a ball
The Quanser Qball-X4 is an innovative rotary wing vehicle platform suitable for a wide variety of UAV and UGV research applications. The Qball-X4 is a quadrotor helicopter design with four motors and speed controllers fitted with 10-inch propellers. The entire mechanism is enclosed within a protective carbon fiber cage
In science fiction (Stargate Universe) there is a Kino. It is a sleek, softball-sized, self-levitating orb designed and built in mass quantities by the Ancients for use on the starship Destiny.
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