Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out


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Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaissance Robot, this tiny unit is capable of traveling into various areas to scout the region. Since the robot is 50 percent bigger than a softball, the unit can roll its way through any tiny space, which is useful for locations that have been hit by natural disasters and/or other hazards.

Aside from having a ball-shaped body, the robot's sides can transform into two extra wheels when the it's ready to roll out. Best of all, the Reconnaissance Robot's rubber exterior allows for people to toss it into any area without it breaking into pieces. Armed with a built-in camera and a mic that can record sounds and calls, the TTRR might become a useful unit in rescue missions, hostage situations, and surveillance assignments.

In regards to the distance that the machine can travel, the TTRR can explore places that are 20 to 30 meters away from the robot's controller. Also, the little guy's camera has night vision, and its vision ranges from two to three meters in dark places. While the Throwable Type Reconnaissance Robot seems perfect at the moment, there are still a few issues that the TRDI are trying to fix.

At the moment, the TTRR has problems with rolling through obstacles that are over the centimeters, and its battery life is 20 to 30 minutes if used continuously. Despite these issues, the TRDI are still working to improve the Reconnaissance Robot. Since they shrunk the unit from a six pound rugby-sized ball to an 11 centimeter machine that weighs one-and-one-half pounds, the Japanese Ministry of Defense has gone a long way from their work in 2007. Hopefully, the group'll work out the kinks in the current model before the year's over, due to its great uses. As we wait for them to finish the unit, you can look at two older videos of the Throwable Type Reconnaissance Robot in the section below.

[via RocketNews24]

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