Friday, April 29, 2005

Eye Ball Remote Camera

Remington Technologies, a division of Remington Arms, has announced a new robotic camera which has been designed to be tossed into an area to provide surveillance for SWAT or military personnel. The appropriately named Eye Ball is not able to move on it own, but can rotate to provide images of the scene back to a PDA-sized device used by the operator. Currently the device is being tested by more that 20 law-enforcement agencies.

I wouldn't be surprised if a mobile version didn't appear before too long. An interesting example of which was demonstrated last year by students at Uppsala University in Sweden. The robot uses a pendulum system to move it across different types of terrain and obstacles. The students have started a company called Rotundus to market the robot for use in extreme conditions.