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Developed by the research department of Japan’s Ministry of Defense, the Spherical Flying Machine is a first of its kind remote control vehicle that can perform a vertical take off and landing and has the ability to use its surface for locomotion.

Adam Flaherty

Adam Flaherty

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000764069152 Andy Callaway

    Just in time for Christmas…

  • http://twitter.com/SquittersTweet Archibald Tuttle

    Reminds me of the floating Jedi-Training Remote Droid. May the force be with you, Luke (Heavy breathing..).

    • Daniel Kim

       Reminds me more of the interrogation droid that Vader used on Leia.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=537070267 Andrew William Huntley II

        I am soooo glad I was not the first one to point that out. Although, I admit I was thinking more of the probe droids from Darth Maul (Episode 1)

  • http://twitter.com/SquittersTweet Archibald Tuttle

    See here: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/11/hacker-builds-floating-jedi-training-remote-droid/

  • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

    We actually hit this back in June, when it was on Japanese TV…

    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/06/spherical-helicopter-reconnaisance-drone.html

    But this is new video, which is doubly nice because the old one’s gone dead.  

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