Reshared post from +Tom Anderson
The world's first "spherical flying machine" developed by Japan's ministry of defense. It can hover like a helicopter and take off and land vertically. If it hits an obstacle, it can maintain its trajectory through the use of gyroscopes. It can roll along the ground and walls to maneuver into position. The prototype is made of commercially available parts costing just $1,400. It's equipped with a camera.
I realize this was made for defense and spying, but at this price I'm guessing someone will be able to make a toy out of it as well.
PS: I was going to share the throwable ball camera this morning, but http://bit.ly/t4tAR7), so I'm going with the Japanese drone insteadbeat me to it (
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