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Robotic ball that chases burglars
Telegraph ^ | 2/14/2005 | David Millward

Posted on 02/13/2005 6:26:13 PM PST by sittnick

A large black ball, originally designed by Swedish scientists for use on Mars, could be the latest weapon in the war against burglars.

Telegraph Financial Services & Reader Guides

The device, developed at the University of Uppsala, acts as a high-tech security guard capable of detecting an intruder thanks to either radar or infra-red sensors. Once alerted, it can summon help, sound an alarm or pursue the intruders, taking pictures.

It is capable of travelling at 20mph, somewhat faster than a human being. Even worse for intruders, the robot ball can still give chase over mud, snow and water.

The ball relies on an internal pendulum to control its motion which, when shifted, changes the centre of gravity and starts it rolling.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ball; bang; crime; didntneedtoexcerpt; england; needlesslyexcerpted; prisoner; robot; science
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No big deal, Patrick McGoohan was running away from a real big one in "The Prisoner" in 1967!
1 posted on 02/13/2005 6:26:18 PM PST by sittnick
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2 posted on 02/13/2005 6:29:23 PM PST by sittnick (There's no salvation in politics.)
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"No big deal, Patrick McGoohan was running away from a real big one in "The Prisoner" in 1967!'

LOL! that's what I came in to say!

Rover, no?


3 posted on 02/13/2005 6:29:37 PM PST by jocon307 (Vote George Washington for the #1 spot)
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To: sittnick

haha comedy


4 posted on 02/13/2005 6:30:22 PM PST by SShultz460
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they should give it a gun.


5 posted on 02/13/2005 6:31:19 PM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: sittnick

New game in town BOWLING FOR CRIMINALS


6 posted on 02/13/2005 6:33:14 PM PST by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: sittnick; jocon307; SShultz460; CzarNicky
Maybe future versions will look like this:


7 posted on 02/13/2005 6:33:33 PM PST by Enterprise ("Dance with the Devil by the Pale Moonlight" - Islam compels you!)
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To: Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; Conspiracy Guy; NYC GOP Chick; MeekOneGOP; Fedora; OSHA; ...

both interesting and silly


8 posted on 02/13/2005 6:34:06 PM PST by King Prout (Remember John Adam!)
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9 posted on 02/13/2005 6:34:33 PM PST by bdeaner
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To: sittnick

10 posted on 02/13/2005 6:35:45 PM PST by kenth (I love the smell of burning troll in the morning.)
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To: sittnick

Happy FUN BALL!
-only $14.95-


Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Happy Fun Ball.
Caution: Happy Fun Ball may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.
Happy Fun Ball Contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.
Do not use Happy Fun Ball on concrete.


Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs:
Itching
Vertigo
Dizziness
Tingling in extremities
Loss of balance or coordination
Slurred speech
Temporary blindness
Profuse sweating
Heart palpitations

If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.

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Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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Happy Fun Ball

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES!


11 posted on 02/13/2005 6:35:49 PM PST by reagan_fanatic ("Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence" - R. Kirk)
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12 posted on 02/13/2005 6:38:08 PM PST by jsmith48 (www.isupatriot.com)
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To: sittnick
Rover! Beat me to it. I got to visit The Village in '79 - cool place. Portmeirion, Wales.
13 posted on 02/13/2005 6:38:40 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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14 posted on 02/13/2005 6:40:22 PM PST by bdeaner
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I already have a metallic ball that chases burglars. I call it "a bullet."


15 posted on 02/13/2005 6:40:44 PM PST by HHFi
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To: sittnick

I loved that show!


16 posted on 02/13/2005 6:43:43 PM PST by international american (Tagline now fireproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: Hank Rearden

Thanks for the link.


17 posted on 02/13/2005 6:48:07 PM PST by international american (Tagline now fireproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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Ah! The perfect thing to strap plastic explosives to so that you can put the fear of suicide bomber robots into the Iraqi insurgency!

While we're on the subject, why DID you resign, Number 6? Mmmm?
18 posted on 02/13/2005 6:49:41 PM PST by dr_who_2
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19 posted on 02/13/2005 6:50:40 PM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: gitmo

20 posted on 02/13/2005 6:51:45 PM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: sittnick
Early prototype


21 posted on 02/13/2005 6:55:29 PM PST by bdeaner
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To: sittnick

I guess if you want to burglarize then you better be .....ON THE BALL! (ha! ha!)


22 posted on 02/13/2005 6:56:20 PM PST by swampmonster (Vast Right Wing co-conspirator......shhhhhhhhh!)
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23 posted on 02/13/2005 6:57:06 PM PST by bdeaner
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To: dr_who_2

"While we're on the subject, why DID you resign, Number 6? Mmmm?"

We. want. INFORMATION!


24 posted on 02/13/2005 6:57:56 PM PST by jocon307 (Vote George Washington for the #1 spot)
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GMTA. First thing I thought of too, when I read the title.


25 posted on 02/13/2005 6:58:19 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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26 posted on 02/13/2005 7:18:48 PM PST by Disambiguator
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It is capable of travelling at 20mph, somewhat faster than a human being.

Um, somewhat faster than some human beings. And for how long do they assume this human being maintains that speed?

Interesting article.

27 posted on 02/13/2005 7:21:51 PM PST by GretchenM (Fair and balanced or we all go tilt.)
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To: bdeaner

Looks like a G'ould projector. "Mmm...G'ould TV..."


28 posted on 02/13/2005 7:26:51 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel ("Senator, we can have this discussion in any way that you would like.")
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To: kenth

BOYYY!!!


29 posted on 02/13/2005 7:29:03 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: kenth
LOL!

First thing that "popped into my head, too!


30 posted on 02/13/2005 7:30:01 PM PST by Salamander (Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to endless night......)
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To: sittnick

The burglars will probably steal the ball


31 posted on 02/13/2005 7:30:21 PM PST by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
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32 posted on 02/13/2005 7:31:01 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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They've been following Ian Anderson for years, now


33 posted on 02/13/2005 7:32:18 PM PST by Salamander (Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to endless night......)
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"Sir, we caught a gang!"


34 posted on 02/13/2005 7:33:35 PM PST by Rastus
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Boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!


35 posted on 02/13/2005 7:33:51 PM PST by Rastus
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To: sittnick

Chase ... Schmase! Arm that ball with a 45 ACP and give it an '00' rating.


36 posted on 02/13/2005 7:34:57 PM PST by fella
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"I think you should run now."

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

37 posted on 02/13/2005 7:37:00 PM PST by mhking (Do not mess with dragons, for thou art crunchy & good with ketchup...)
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To: RippleFire; All; Rennes Templar

I was thinking the same thing. What, they aren't going to pick it up and heave it over a wall or lock it in a closet? The thing can't be any smarter than your average rock.

But here is a VERY funny comment from one of the Tory MP's Patrick Mercer, who is campaigning to give people greater rights to defend their property against burglars:

"It would be interesting to see whether the ball had used grossly disproportionate force or whether it would be deemed reasonable."

It would certainly give new meaning to the phrase "balling some chick."

And I'm trying not to put forth the idea of balling someone out...but I can't stop myself.

Worst of all is the idea that the Swedish might discover having a ball isn't as fun as they thought.


38 posted on 02/13/2005 7:37:19 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: fella

Well, if I had been chased by a ball, I would swear off drinking for years...


39 posted on 02/13/2005 7:39:06 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Rastus

******shudder!*******

I'll never forget the voice of "The Tall Man", Angus Scrimm!
Was that the best low-budget horror flick ever or what?

The giant flying bug was a riot!


40 posted on 02/13/2005 7:39:27 PM PST by Salamander (Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to endless night......)
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To: jocon307

LOL My first thought too!


41 posted on 02/13/2005 7:47:26 PM PST by quietolong
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To: sittnick
FIrst thing that came to mind for me:


42 posted on 02/13/2005 7:54:18 PM PST by baseballfanjm
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To: sittnick

My thought too.


43 posted on 02/13/2005 8:01:35 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: LibertarianInExile

This discussion seems to be going round in circles. The obvious thing that hasn't been mentioned is that any burglar caught by this device would most likely be black-balled for the rest of his life.


44 posted on 02/13/2005 8:24:35 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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It is capable of travelling at 20mph, somewhat faster than a human being. Even worse for intruders, the robot ball can still give chase over mud, snow and water.

So? Metroid's been doin' that for years! ^_^


45 posted on 02/13/2005 8:53:41 PM PST by 4mycountry (This is my tag. Deal with it.)
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Where do you guys get these pics? ..funny as hell


46 posted on 02/13/2005 8:58:36 PM PST by hineybona
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I used the Google image search engine.


47 posted on 02/13/2005 9:07:02 PM PST by 4mycountry (This is my tag. Deal with it.)
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To: baseballfanjm

ROTFLOL that's good! ^o^


48 posted on 02/13/2005 9:08:55 PM PST by 4mycountry (This is my tag. Deal with it.)
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To: 4mycountry

You've played it? ^_^


49 posted on 02/13/2005 9:10:43 PM PST by baseballfanjm
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50 posted on 02/13/2005 9:13:51 PM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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