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Spherical flying machine developed by Japanese MoD

Spherical flying machine developed by Japanese MoD

(2:45) World's first spherical flying machine that combines helicopter blades with wings for a truly versatile machine. Built from commercially available parts at a cost of $1400.

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Rilo Rilo (2489 days ago)
Couple of pointy blades and a drill bit, and you've got the ball from Phantasm.
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Couple of pointy blades and a drill bit, and you've got the ball from Phantasm.
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Guest: monk (2489 days ago)
We are looking at the things that will eventually enslave our race.
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We are looking at the things that will eventually enslave our race.
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Guest: (2489 days ago)
Excellent. Taking ideas from sci-fi films is reaping rewards for apple and the japenese MOD. Oh, sorry, yeah the ipad was a completely new invention by apple. 2001: A space odyssey never actually happened.
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Excellent. Taking ideas from sci-fi films is reaping rewards for apple and the japenese MOD. Oh, sorry, yeah the ipad was a completely new invention by apple. 2001: A space odyssey never actually happened.
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TheBob TheBob (2489 days ago)
I'll take a dozen
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I'll take a dozen
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Guest: guest (2489 days ago)
stupid americans
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stupid americans
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glortman glortman (2489 days ago)
You could never fit more than two people in that tiny ball. Its just not practical.
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You could never fit more than two people in that tiny ball. Its just not practical.
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Guest: Jorman! (2489 days ago)
Japanese people tend to be smaller - so you might manage 4 seats and you got a Car! A Toyota SillyCar!
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Japanese people tend to be smaller - so you might manage 4 seats and you got a Car! A Toyota SillyCar!
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gobshite gobshite (2488 days ago)
The amount of battery power needed for long periods would render it useless. Batteries are heavy!
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The amount of battery power needed for long periods would render it useless. Batteries are heavy!
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Humpty Humpty (2488 days ago)
True to some extent. With LiPo batteries though pure "hover" flight times of 10 minutes are easy for many quadrocopters, and with it "flying" instead of "hovering" it'll use considerably less power. I'd imagine that - at that price - they're not even bothering to calculate for return flights... 10 minute mission time? .. should be enough to deliver some nastiness :o/
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True to some extent. With LiPo batteries though pure "hover" flight times of 10 minutes are easy for many quadrocopters, and with it "flying" instead of "hovering" it'll use considerably less power. I'd imagine that - at that price - they're not even bothering to calculate for return flights... 10 minute mission time? .. should be enough to deliver some nastiness :o/
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Guest: Keith (2487 days ago)
Latest comment: In the 80s we said mobile phone batteries were heavy. Now look at them.
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Latest comment: In the 80s we said mobile phone batteries were heavy. Now look at them.
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Guest: (2489 days ago)
put that paint ball gun on it - theres a combo!
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put that paint ball gun on it - theres a combo!
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Guest: Jack (2489 days ago)
Finally we can build proper torture droids.
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Finally we can build proper torture droids.
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