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Old 02-14-05, 01:50 PM   #1
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Robotic ball that chases burglars

A large black ball, originally designed by Swedish scientists for use on Mars, could be the latest weapon in the war against burglars.




The device, developed at the University of Uppsala, acts as a high-tech security guard capable of detecting an intruder thanks to either radar or infra-red sensors. Once alerted, it can summon help, sound an alarm or pursue the intruders, taking pictures.

It is capable of travelling at 20mph, somewhat faster than a human being. Even worse for intruders, the robot ball can still give chase over mud, snow and water.

The ball relies on an internal pendulum to control its motion which, when shifted, changes the centre of gravity and starts it rolling.

Other devices, including microphones, cameras, heat sensors and smoke detectors are mounted on its central axis.

Nils Hulth, co-founder of Rotundus, the company which is marketing the ball, said it was especially well-suited to patrolling perimeter fences.

The prototype, just under 2ft in diameter, weighs about 10lb. "It is extremely light, which is why it moves so fast," Mr Hulth said.

While the current version can only raise the alarm, it could be adapted to corner an intruder if the customer wanted, Mr Hulth added.

Patrick Mercer, the Tory MP who is campaigning to give people greater rights to defend their property against burglars, thought the robot ball could have potential: "It would be interesting to see whether the ball had used grossly disproportionate force or whether it would be deemed reasonable.

"But I would much rather a burglar be terrified of householders and shopkeepers, rather than some sort of futuristic device."
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Old 02-14-05, 01:59 PM   #2
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Cool.

How long before someone retrofits it with a taser?
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Old 02-14-05, 02:00 PM   #3
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Cool.

How long before someone retrofits it with a taser?
Doesn't that remind you of "the prisoner" series where he was chased around by a white ball?
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Old 02-14-05, 03:17 PM   #4
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I want one.
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Old 02-14-05, 04:54 PM   #5
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Cool.

How long before someone retrofits it with a taser?

Taser, hell... 12 ga, 8 shot, laser sighted, semi automatic, shotgun loaded with 00 frangible balls! Something that will get and hold their attention.
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I just use the Phantasm Ball.
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Old 02-14-05, 05:05 PM   #7
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oh good, I thought that might've been too obscure
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the war against burglars.
Why is everything a "war against" something?

That thing sounds pretty cool...
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I'd like to retrofit it with a black #8 in a white circle. It could then be used in the "War on Drugs" to overtake people on hallucinogens, they would be dead before they quit laughing. "Shock and AWESOME!"
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Can it do the dishes or make me pie?
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Does anyone else think that this could be used as some kind of guided grenade?
Have a 1ft wide version roam the streets and when it finds a suitable target, starts meowing like a cat to draw attention then KABLAMO! 10kiloton nuclear charge goes off, wipes out 20 city blocks.
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Does anyone else think that this could be used as some kind of guided grenade?
Have a 1ft wide version roam the streets and when it finds a suitable target, starts meowing like a cat to draw attention then KABLAMO! 10kiloton nuclear charge goes off, wipes out 20 city blocks.
Why would it need to draw attention if it can take out 20 blocks, wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to just abandan an old car?
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Why would it need to draw attention if it can take out 20 blocks, wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to just abandan an old car?
I'm thinking that NOT drawing attention would be the main benefit - slip it around the barricades, slip in underneath a limo, roll right up to the embassy...
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Someone's been watching WAAAAAY too much "Logans Run"
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