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[Image: The GroundBot system by Rotundus].

The GroundBot system by Swedish firm Rotundus is a remote-controlled, all-weather polycarbonate sphere that "can trundle through snow, mud and sand as it supplies a live feed via a pair of cameras," Wired UK explains. "Its operator sees the image in 3D on a screen."

It apparently comes with knobby treads or without.

[Image: The GroundBot system by Rotundus].

The sphere is currently "undergoing trials" with the Swedish Defense Forces for use "in airports and other locations in need of surveillance," but the system also has potential applications in urban mapping, remote terrain exploration, and even post-disaster search and rescue. While the GroundBot can only reach speeds a bit more than 6mph—which means it won't be breaking any speed records, and it certainly won't be hard to outrun—the idea that failed criminals of the future might be seen sprinting away from swarms of autonomous black spheres the size of car tires is quite extraordinary.

[Images: The GroundBot system by Rotundus on patrol].

See the Rotundus site for more info.

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Anonymous david procter said...

Scale it up a bit and set it loose in a gated community and you have 'The Prisoner'.

October 20, 2011 7:43 PM  
Blogger David S said...

Hurray for autonomous surveillance NOW IN 3D!!

October 20, 2011 11:02 PM  
Blogger lobotics said...

anyone else reminded of the Mechanical Hound in Fahrenheit 451?

October 22, 2011 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a lateral way this makes me think of the video work of French artist Marcel Dinahet.

October 22, 2011 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Ian Milliss said...

It seems to me there are obvious and fundamental flaws here. I can see great sport will be had in taunting and vandalising these and once a technique is worked out for quickly disabling their GTS systems they will be stolen as fast as they can be deployed.

October 23, 2011 12:09 AM  

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