Marines Testing GuardBot – a Rolling BB-8 Robot Ball

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Guardbot is a pretty spunky surveillance device, rolling up to 20mph on land. The two-foot model can climb inclines up to 30 degrees and roll around transmitting video for up to 16 hours. It’s somewhat slower in water, but still swims along amazingly well.

Guardbot's primary duty is ground surveillance and is capable of 360 degree turns. It's able to detect explosive chemicals from about 2 inches away using a spectroscope. The 2 clear domes on either side can pack 4 pounds of cargo. (Enough explosives to do a lot of damage!)


The spherical robot is scalable; the Connecticut designers can build a Guardbot as small as four inches wide, or up to nine feet in diameter. Whoa! Guardbot can be used for reconnaissance, surveillance, security, search-and-rescue, observation, as well as broadcasting. It can be remotely operated, programmed to patrol a set route, or hold a perimeter. The two cameras can be positioned independently in order to monitor conditions or check for intruders.

Watch Guardbot traverse over water, land, sand and snow:

For more information go to Geek and Guardbot.


28 Comments to Marines Testing GuardBot – a Rolling BB-8 Robot Ball

  1. Originally designed for “Mars”??
    Well that’s a bunch of baloney.
    Has anyone not checked into the lies that NASA tried to sell you?

    How about we put this technology to better use, say, cleaning the oil pollution in the ocean? Maybe the island of garbage floating around out there? No? Oh ok, let’s give it to the MILITARY. They can use it to murder more people then.
    Way to go humans.

  2. Wow so I work my $#%&!@* off get my neck broke. Go on disability. Get kicked off it and been struggling for last 3 years. Now I see why. All that money I payed in goes to building toys for the gov instead of putting roof over my kids head. $#%&!@* you and your robots and give me my $#%&!@*ing money you theifs

  3. World’s fastest amphibious spherical robot
    Invented by: Farshad Mirshekari
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    The original design of the robot as a normal car, or the War machine. The robot due to characteristics such as strength, speed and invulnerability of its spherical, is designed more as a defensive weapon and the strength of lead that has to equipment, such as tanks.
    Also, the robot is equipped with a special mechanism to move diagonally (sinusoidal) high speed on land and sea. Like throwing a stone on the water!

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