There’s something watching the crew of the International Space Station, but it’s so cute they probably don’t care.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently launched the Internal Ball Camera (or Int-Ball) on the ISS, and it basically looks like the adorable love child of WALL-E and a kino from Stargate Universe (you know, those little flying camera orbs). The floating drone camera has big, exaggerated eyes that make it look eminently huggable. Even cooler? The camera can be controlled at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center on Earth. Thanks to the lack of gravity on board the ISS, the drone can navigate around the space station by remote or autonomously.
In addition to just being really cute, the Int-Ball actually does have some real-world applications. According to The Verge, it’s cut down the amount of busy work from Japanese astronauts by around 10 percent by taking care of photography work and allowing crews to monitor experiments from a crew-level view on the ship. In the future, the space agency hopes to use the
WALL-E kino Int-Ball to perform other ship chores, i.e. manually checking inventories, etc.
The robot uprising has reached Earth orbit, and it will be adorable.
(Via The Verge)