From Hackaday:

[Jouni] sent in his quadrocopter build that was inspired by the Japanese spherebot we caught earlier this year. [Jouni] used a carbon fiber frame to  prevent the copter from bumping into things. Other things bumping into it are another story entirely.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 19, 2012 at 10:25am

I can't see the video, interweb too slow but I built a ball last summer, the Japanese one is actually very clever its the forward flight bit that is the issue. Or rather how the ball handles the transition, they used vanes hanging under the CG to aid it and one set of vanes to handle yaw and the other to handle pitch and roll.

Not sure why you would try it with a quad, your going to reduce endurance and load with all those motors

Comment by Ellison Chan on February 19, 2012 at 11:25am

It's very cool and all, but what about all the flying carbon fibre  bits, when the rods snap from a hard collision?

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