▲ Up
 
03:43 24-04-2017
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Japanese inventor presents HoverBall with drone inside
15:16, 20 March 2014, 826

AKIPRESS.COM - hoverball It is the dream of Harry Potter fans everywhere – a real life version of Quidditch. Now a Japanese inventor, Jun Rekimoto, has made the game a step closer, with a flying ball containing a tiny drone, Mail Online reported.

He says the ball can be kicked, hit and remotely swerved – and that it will lead to a new generation of cyber sports.

The plastic ball has the ability to hover thanks to a 90-millimetre-wide drone embedded inside it. “Balls are the most popular equipment for sports,” said Rekimoto. “To play with balls, certain physical methods, or vocabularies, such as throwing, hitting, spinning, or kicking have been developed by reflecting the fact that balls obey physical dynamics.”

The Rekimoto's team at the University of Tokyo says its HoverBall could democratize some sports, allowing the ball to stop or slow down for older people or children, perhaps. “For instance, the speed of balls could be too fast for small children, senior people, or people with physical disabilities. We propose a flying ball based on the quadcopter technology.”

“This ball has an ability to stay in the air, and change its location and behavior according to the sports game contexts.”

The system would allow game designers to program the ball to react in different ways to a traditional ball – and could even steer itself away from star players to even up teams.

“With this technology, physical dynamics of a ball can be re-programmed by sports designers, and new ball-playing vocabularies, such as hovering, anti-gravity, proximity, or remote manipulation, can be introduced to extend the way people interact with balls.”


Full access to all news articles in English

1 month2000 somsubscribe
year20000 somsubscribe
These subscription fees are for private individuals only. Please contact us via phone +996 (312) 900-776 or email info@akipress.org for corporate subscription inquiries
Twitterfacebookprint
LATEST NEWS
15:54 U.S. donates over 130,000 books to children’s libraries in Kyrgyzstan14:22 Central Asian and other countries share experiences in combating new psychoactive substances13:26 Mudflows in Osh region wash away bridges, flood houses13:22 President Atambayev, Prosecutor General Joldubayeva discuss progress of check of construction permits in Bishkek13:16 Speaker Tursunbekov meets with descendants of Kyrgyz statehood founders13:02 Round-table in Moscow marks 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Russia12:59 Islamic State operative Abdurakhmon Uzbeki linked to Istanbul nightclub attack killed12:57 Landlocked countries international think tank aspires to push forward trade liberalization12:53 China urges SCO members to boost cooperation12:48 Russia to build 2 nuke power plants in Iran12:44 China to enhance cooperation with Tajikistan in key areas: Chinese FM12:36 One of hit schoolboys regains consciousness, second remains unconscious12:12 Kazakhstan aims to be regional hub12:01 Ways to promote rural entrepreneurship for women in southern Kazakhstan reviewed11:58 Bishkek court extends detention for Ata Meken leader11:45 Capital adequacy ratio of Kyrgyzstan's banking system 1.5-2 times higher than that in Russia, Kazakhstan – banker11:34 Driver hitting 2 schoolchildren in Bishkek comes to police station acknowledging his guilt11:23 Kyrgyz government endorses new regional policy concept until 202210:07 Presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Hungary vow to strengthen bilateral ties08:43 USAID launches 2 information terminals at Manas Airport to prevent human trafficking
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75