Japan’s Ministry of Defense unveiled a world’s first ever “spherical flying machine,” which weighs less than a pound and only costs $1,400 to produce from commonly available spare parts.
This LA Times blog says the orb looks like the flying drone used to train Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber skills in “A New Hope,” but it actually looks more like a speedier version of the interrogation droid used by Darth Vader to torture Princess Leia in the same film.
Of course, the orb’s intended usage is much more benign, designed to assist in search and rescue missions where more traditional drones cannot reach. The flying orb is pretty tough as well, it can take a direct hit and stay on its navigational path, thanks to onboard gyroscopes that help control its direction.
Click on the image at the top of this post to watch a video of the orb in action.