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Robotic ball that chases burglars (England once again surrendering to crime)
Telegraph ^ | 2/14/2005 | David Millward

Posted on 02/14/2005 9:07:58 AM PST by TorahTrueJew

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

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.

Other devices, including microphones, cameras, heat sensors and smoke detectors are mounted on its central axis.

Nils Hulth, co-founder of Rotundus, the company which is marketing the ball, said it was especially well-suited to patrolling perimeter fences.

The prototype, just under 2ft in diameter, weighs about 10lb. "It is extremely light, which is why it moves so fast," Mr Hulth said.

While the current version can only raise the alarm, it could be adapted to corner an intruder if the customer wanted, Mr Hulth added.

Patrick Mercer, the Tory MP who is campaigning to give people greater rights to defend their property against burglars, thought the robot ball could have potential: "It would be interesting to see whether the ball had used grossly disproportionate force or whether it would be deemed reasonable.

"But I would much rather a burglar be terrified of householders and shopkeepers, rather than some sort of futuristic device."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ball; banglist; crime; england; gun
England is absolutely nuts! I guess they heard people saying they don't have the balls to take on crime, and they are trying to prove the world wrong.
1 posted on 02/14/2005 9:08:02 AM PST by TorahTrueJew
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To: prisoner6

bump! Rover is alive and well and living in England...


2 posted on 02/14/2005 9:08:42 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: TorahTrueJew

Anybody notice the link below the article to another article on "How to tackle a burglar within the law". You need to register to read it though. I can't believe this country still exists or that people want to live there!


3 posted on 02/14/2005 9:09:21 AM PST by TorahTrueJew
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To: TorahTrueJew
Obscure joke -- The robotic ball keeps following Patrick McGoohan!!

USed to love that old Prisoner TV show.

4 posted on 02/14/2005 9:09:47 AM PST by pikachu (BE alert -- we need more lerts!)
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To: camle
Dang! Beat me to it.

Run, Patrick, run!

5 posted on 02/14/2005 9:09:52 AM PST by an amused spectator (Zogbyism is a disease)
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To: TorahTrueJew

6 posted on 02/14/2005 9:11:11 AM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: TorahTrueJew

More on same subject here at FR !

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1342568/posts


7 posted on 02/14/2005 9:12:51 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: atomicpossum
Ah, the ironies of "The Prisoner." So much made sense when you placed a comma in the sentence.

PRISONER: Who is Number 1?
NUMBER 2: You are Number #6.

Now restate it.

PRISONER: Who is Number 1?
NUMBER 2: You are, Number #6.

8 posted on 02/14/2005 9:14:38 AM PST by Publius (The people of a democracy choose the government they want, and they ought to get it good and hard.)
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To: Squantos

Why do people put "BANG" as the keyword instead of "BANGLIST"? I didn't see it because I have BANGLIST bookmarked. Don't tell me I need to search for both now!


9 posted on 02/14/2005 9:14:49 AM PST by TorahTrueJew
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To: TorahTrueJew

I have TWO BALLS(They Are For Other Uses)!I leave "Burglar Discouraging"up to Messrs.Smith&Wesson!!!


10 posted on 02/14/2005 9:15:10 AM PST by bandleader
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To: TorahTrueJew
Just back from London, had a few pints with my English friends last week.

Topics: They want Blair out badly, main reason so many were against Bush. We scare them. We over-react to everything. They've lived with bomings for decades and held off strong military action.

My reply? "P*ssoff you poofty Wankers" followed by laughs and a few more pints.

11 posted on 02/14/2005 9:15:29 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: pikachu

Be seeing you!


12 posted on 02/14/2005 9:17:37 AM PST by Uncle Vlad
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To: atomicpossum; camle
Dang! You guys beat me to it. I'll go ahead and post since I got one more picture plus some explanatory text:

Sounds suspiciously like Rover from The Prisoner

Rovers, the Village Guardians, roam the Village and its outskirts as a constant reminder that there is no escape. There is also a Rover guarding the helicopter platform at all times, one designed for high-pressure areas which roams the ocean floor, and at least one held in reserve for special cases, activated only at the request of Number 2 or when a Supervisor declares Orange Alert.
 

At its most basic, Rover reacts to motion, chasing the fastest-moving life-form in its immediate area, then chemically paralyzing and suffocating them. The Rover assigned to the ocean floor has eliminated all major life forms, including seaweed, off the coast of the Village. Except for occasional schools of fish and shrimp which wash past it to the shallow spots, the area is devoid of life.
 

Rovers are colloidal mechanisms which work on a fluidic principle. First synthesized as linear colloidal structures for use in microfluidics, their evolution into a spherical shape (thanks to some prodding by a team of Biotechnologists) increased their stability and their maximum possible size. While not technically living beings, it is thought they contain cellular material and genetic traits from Tetrodontidae and Diodontidae, known in the vernacular as Blow fish. Like the Rovers, these fish are able to expand to a spherical shape and release a substance known as tetrodotoxin. Tetrodotoxin prevents transfer of impulses on a cellular level by blocking the transfer of sodium, thus causing paralysis.

 

13 posted on 02/14/2005 9:21:04 AM PST by Phsstpok ("When you don't know where you are, but you don't care, you're not lost, you're exploring.")
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To: pikachu

14 posted on 02/14/2005 9:21:39 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: TorahTrueJew

LOL....I dunno. I search for the title vs keywords but then since 98 I have posted about 13 or 14 threads so I can't suggest the why's.......:o)

I'm just posting a link to the other thread vs the schoolhouse scolding that some here impose when a duplicate is discoverd.

You post does have some different data.....so it's not really a duplicate IMO.

Stay safe !


15 posted on 02/14/2005 9:22:01 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Phsstpok

16 posted on 02/14/2005 9:22:36 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: camle

The criminals will steal them as souveniers.....like those fancy globe reflectors in "upper class" gardens.


17 posted on 02/14/2005 9:23:22 AM PST by spokeshave (Strategery + Schardenfreude = Stratenschardenfreudery)
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To: Publius

I yam not a nambah i yam a free man!


18 posted on 02/14/2005 9:25:25 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: TorahTrueJew
Patrick Mercer, the Tory MP who is campaigning to give people greater rights to defend their property against burglars, thought the robot ball could have potential: ...

First, let's wait and see if LUCAS is going to make them there. In which case, they will not start, or will attack their owners, or simply stop working till they cool down, etc.

19 posted on 02/14/2005 9:32:35 AM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: TorahTrueJew

"Other devices, including microphones, cameras, heat sensors and smoke detectors are mounted on its central axis."

They left off the critical stun gun which, being absent, will result in this expensive ball being tossed out a window or over a wall when it actually catches the criminal.


20 posted on 02/14/2005 9:36:07 AM PST by unlearner
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To: TorahTrueJew
Do these things have a Death Ray? If they can't be set for "stun" or "kill", what use are they? So a robotic ball follows you to wall safe? So what?

If the buglers aren't afraid of the homeowners, why would they be afraid of the homeowner's toys?
21 posted on 02/14/2005 9:37:14 AM PST by Gingersnap
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To: camle
bump! Rover is alive and well and living in England...

Heh...that was my first thought! Came here to see if anyone else had posted pictures. FReepers never disappoint! ;-)

22 posted on 02/14/2005 9:37:43 AM PST by RosieCotton (A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. - GK Chesterton)
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To: TorahTrueJew

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.


23 posted on 02/14/2005 9:38:03 AM PST by ValenB4
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To: unlearner
They left off the critical stun gun which, being absent, will result in this expensive ball being tossed out a window or over a wall when it actually catches the criminal.

It won't take long for the perps to realize that they can get the thing to follow them right to their parked automobile. Then they'll grab it and head for the pawn shop.

24 posted on 02/14/2005 9:42:15 AM PST by Charles Martel
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To: Gingersnap
If the buglers aren't afraid of the homeowners, why would they be afraid of the homeowner's toys?

Just because buglers are musicians, it doesn't mean they're any less brave than other soldiers.

But seriously, the ball would take and transmit photographs of the burglars, aiding in their eventual capture. Apparently that's supposed to be the deterrent here.

If English prisons are anything like English hospitals that may be deterrent enough.

25 posted on 02/14/2005 11:33:21 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: pikachu

What really sucks is that Harry Potter has polluted all the google listings for "The Prisoner".

26 posted on 02/14/2005 11:41:56 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TorahTrueJew

27 posted on 02/14/2005 11:58:09 AM PST by P8riot (Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.)
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To: TorahTrueJew

Question: Can the robotic crime ball scale a fence?


28 posted on 02/14/2005 11:59:14 AM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
Question: Can the robotic crime ball scale a fence?

Better question: Can it dodge bullets?

Oh I forgot! There are no guns in the UK.

29 posted on 02/14/2005 12:09:58 PM PST by P8riot (Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.)
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To: TorahTrueJew

I have been thinking of something similar for recon, but my idea is to load it with about 2 lbs of C4. I never thought about using it against burglars though--might be hard to get the pulped perp off the walls.


30 posted on 02/14/2005 12:10:50 PM PST by antidisestablishment (Our people perish through lack of wisdom, but they are content in their ignorance.)
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To: TorahTrueJew
Ancient technology at work here...


31 posted on 02/14/2005 12:17:40 PM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: TorahTrueJew
Anybody notice the link below the article to another article on "How to tackle a burglar within the law". You need to register to read it though. I can't believe this country still exists or that people want to live there!

bugmenot.com

32 posted on 02/14/2005 12:50:34 PM PST by P8riot (Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.)
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To: camle
I yam not a nambah i yam a free man!

Now your name is TOBY and you'll stay on da PLANTATION or yuh'll git whupped. (Dr. DEAN to you know who)

33 posted on 02/14/2005 1:56:31 PM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: pikachu
Obscure joke -- The robotic ball keeps following Patrick McGoohan!!

USed to love that old Prisoner TV show.

We were in Portmeirion some years ago. We were once in a while distracted from the peculiar beauty of the place (I fod yn onest ) and the climate by wierd recurring memories of _The Prisoner_, which was filmed there.

34 posted on 02/14/2005 3:09:15 PM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: Gorzaloon
We were in Portmeirion some years ago too. I went unsuspectingly, at the request of my wife to buy PORTMEIRION Pottery. I never made the connection. Imagine my surprise when I walked over the hill from the pottery store parking lot and saw the Pennyfarthing hanging off one of the buildings and spread out down the road below that "THE VILLAGE"! I turn to the Mrs. and exclaim, "Hey it's the village!" She wasn't impressed. "Was that one of those TV shows your friends would quote from back and forth that I never watched? So?"
So, a perfect division of responsibility. She and my daughter head into the store. I drag the boys down into the town trying to teach them enough about the show to be impressed. OK at nine and seven it was a hard sell, but I hope it will provide one of those cherished childhood memories. You know the sort, "Remember when dad went nuts in that little town in Wales?, What was that all about anyway?"

Oh well.
35 posted on 02/14/2005 5:53:12 PM PST by SWO (IRAQ is a Campaign in WW IV, the ISLAMOFACISM War)
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To: TorahTrueJew

36 posted on 02/14/2005 5:56:59 PM PST by Redcloak (More cleverly arranged 1's and 0's)
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