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The ball is actually a very small quad-copter with a
cage around it that lets you throw it like a ball.
On board sensors and calculators project the trajectory
the force and angle of your throw and then fly that path
at a much slower speed than it would have
if it were a regular ball.
Additional settings could be "Zig-Zag", "Corkscrew",
By-Frame" (where it flies a few feet, stops, flies a few
You could also make it go faster.
You could achieve this...
This Idea reminds me of a story I read lots of years ago. I'm fairly sure the "double curve" in the story is not actually possible --but with ball-shaped slow drone, you could do it easily. [Vernon, Jul 25 2015]
And if you doubt the technical ability of these things to do the job...
...don't. [doctorremulac3, Jul 25 2015]
And by the way, all quad copters need to be in spherical cages anyway.
Simply to increase their fly-ability in the real world. [doctorremulac3, Jul 25 2015]
With a geodesic cage (I think that's what you'd call it) these things can go anywhere.
[doctorremulac3, Jul 25 2015]
[theircompetitor, Jul 25 2015]
||Initial velocity may be a problem with a kid with a strong arm. The size of the ball would dedicate the power of the quad-copter. Nice though.
||Yea, the first thing the ball would do would put all 4
motors into full braking mode to slow the thing down.
||Ya know, another way to do this might be just to have air
resistance handle the slow down task. Have a kid's
balloon with a steerable ducted fan running down the
center with a little CPU on board that does the
navigation. As anybody who's thrown a balloon knows it
basically stops in mid air as soon as it leaves your hand.
||I like the quadcopter solution better though. There are
challenges in life that can't be solved by computer
controlled micro aircraft.
||Totally. By the way, please see the link showing how clever
these things are getting.