Spherical Flying Machine Developed by
Japan Ministry Of Defense
Minister of Defense Ichikawa reviewed the SDF Special Guard of Honor.
“The secret sauce may by the sphere’s three gyroscopic sensors, which automatically right the ball when it’s on the ground or in the air. In the video, the ball lands and starts rolling around (thanks to the propeller). When it’s time to lift off, the gyroscopes help the ball position itself so the propeller is up top. There’s also a camera inside the sphere.” [Via mashable.com ]
Japan 2011 Defense Budget Document Source