The Marines are currently testing an amphibious robotic ball called GuardBot which was originally developed with the purpose of remote surveillance and object inspection.
The Marine Corps is reportedly evaluating an amphibious drone called GuardBot.
Created and developed by Peter Muhlrad and his company, the GuardBot is a robotic ball that can “swim” at 3 miles per hour, travel across land at 6 miles per hour and reportedly navigate an incline of 30 degrees.
An internal nine-axis stabilization system allows a “pendulum motion” that propels the device by shifting its center of gravity back and forth; it is steered through pre-programmed algorithms.
It can also perform 360-degree turns for greater maneuverability.
Muhlrad originally conceived GuardBot for a mission to Mars. Its design is suited to perform surveillance and inspection, including objects containing explosive chemicals.
The company’s website describes the bot’s audio and dual video capabilities as a way to remotely