This LG Robot Ball Thing Is Insane

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Let’s talk about balls for a second. They’re super handy. They’ve done a lot for humans. And because of spherical objects, we have sports and automobiles. Heck—even the Earth is a giant ball.

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But LG just took ball technology to the next level.

It’s called the LG Rolling Bot, and it’s like Star Wars BB-8 droid mated with a cat toy. This super ball is just one of many accessories designed with the LG G5 in mind, and it’s easily the most insane of the bunch.

Using the G5 device manager, the G5 turns into a remote that can control the ball ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET as long you’re connected to the internet. It has a camera that can record footage, a speaker so you can speak with a human or pet, and it even has an IR blaster so you can turn on your TV. Of course, the epitome of ball opulence is an included laser pointer so you can play with (or torment) your cat or dog.

All the hardware is placed in the center stripe while the two large hemispheres are the engine that can turn in any direction. It’s tricky to use, so there is a bit of a learning curve. The thing also can’t go incredibly fast, which is probably for the best since it’s already difficult to figure out what you’re doing using just the G5's display for navigation.

LG isn’t sharing any info on pricing yet, but this is either coolest or most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. I honestly can’t decide. All I know for sure is that it’s ballsy.

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DISCUSSION

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Mike Mcgranahan

This is awesome. I’ve always had an idea to use something like this in warfare. Imagine making this all super thick metal and about the size of a house? You then just remotely control this thing into wherever and just chase after ISIS or whomever and squish them, ram it into buildings... Do whatever you want. It’s virtually a tank ball. Tell me that wouldn't be one of the scariest things you've seen if you were them. Just an unstoppable giant metal ball squishing all your friends...