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Flying Kyosho Space Ball: The R/C Death Star and air freshener in one

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October 25, 2012

The Kyosho Space Ball flies like an R/C helicopter, but can bounce off obstacles with ease...

The Kyosho Space Ball flies like an R/C helicopter, but can bounce off obstacles with ease and even spread fragrances throughout the room

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Almost a year ago, the Japanese Ministry of Defense made quite a splash when it revealed a spherical, remote-controlled aircraft that could zip around a room, roll along the ground, and even bounce off obstacles without losing control. But while it was mainly designed for search and rescue operations, many R/C enthusiasts took one look at that hovering orb and said, "I have got to get me one of those." Luckily, toy company Kyosho must have been listening, since it recently released a similar flying machine of its own for consumers. Kyosho's "Space Ball" can remain airborne while taking just as much punishment and even emits a fragrance to freshen up a room in the process.

It's not nearly as state-of-the-art as the version from the JMD, but the Space Ball (or Kyosho Egg) can still zip around the room like a sentient dodge ball. The central tail rotor gives it a full 360 degrees of movement, while the 20 cm (7.9 inch) shock-absorbing frame lets it bounce off furniture and walls without spinning away wildly. Aside from protecting the rotors and electronics, the frame also helps the Space Ball right itself on the ground. Most of the aircraft's weight is on the bottom, so the whole thing naturally rolls until it rests upright on the flat bottom.

Aside from protecting the rotors and electronics, the frame also helps the Space Ball righ...

A rechargeable lithium polymer battery powers the motor, but the three channel infrared controller requires six AA batteries. The Space Ball gets about 5 minutes of flight time on a 50 minute charge and it also has a bright LED light on the front, so users can know which way the aircraft if facing.

The most surprising feature of the Space Ball, however, is the optional absorbent sheets, which can be soaked in fragrant oils to spread an aroma around the room. Seems like a lot of trouble for an air freshener, but it could be fun to essentially crop dust your house.

Kyosho is currently offering the Space Ball in black and orange color schemes through Japanese retailers for ¥6,279 (US$78), which includes four replacements for the main rotors and two for the tail. Anyone outside Japan though can pick one up through Japan Trend Shop for US$117, plus shipping.

Check out the video below to see how the Space Ball can go from rolling around the floor to weaving through the air in seconds.

Source: Kyosho via Japan Trend Shop

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Jonathan Fincher Jonathan grew up in Norway, China, and Trinidad before graduating film school and becoming an online writer covering green technology, history and design, as well as contributing to video game news sites like Filefront and 1Up. He currently resides in Texas, where his passions include video games, comics, and boring people who don't want to talk about either of those things.   All articles by Jonathan Fincher
6 Comments

I want it so bad, but it's expensive for me. Such a poor college student. ;_;

Joel Detrow
25th October, 2012 @ 07:51 pm PDT

Shut up and take my money!

Nathan Rees
26th October, 2012 @ 03:59 am PDT

Huge applications in search and rescue, security and in scaled-up people carrying aircraft.

Mirmillion
26th October, 2012 @ 09:09 am PDT

These can be used to disperse disinfectants ahead of emergency personnel!

Anton Christopher McInerney
26th October, 2012 @ 01:59 pm PDT

Id be to tempted to kick the damn thing.

Denis Klanac
27th October, 2012 @ 12:00 am PDT

How is this new technology? I have a hard time distinguishing this from the myriad of $30 chinese-made 3-channel helicopters out there. It's just build into a round cage.

sk8dad
30th October, 2012 @ 01:32 pm PDT
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