The GroundBot has been around a few years, but I thought I’d feature it this Friday. Groundbot is a spherical shaped robot that can roll up to 6 mph through indoor and outdoor spaces with relative ease. In fact, outside it can roll through mud, sand, snow and even water. Inside the ‘ball’ two gyroscopically steadied wide-angle cameras along with a bunch of sensors provides people monitoring the cameras with a real-time, 360-degree view of wherever the GroundBot happens to be. Remote operators can use the cameras to zoom in on anything they may see. Sensors also can detect gas leaks, radioactivity and biohazards.
To get rolling, the robot simply shifts its weight. Its center of mass is suspended from a pendulum inside the sphere, so motors just push the pendulum to the front, to the back, or to the side. Lithium-ion batteries provide up to 16 hours of spy time. GroundBot can be remote controlled by hand or programmed to navigate by GPS.
GroundBot can effectively increase security and cuts costs at places such as airports, factories, warehouses, etc. Check out this video from Popular Science and you’ll the Groundbot actually rolling through water.