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Spheroid by DCkiq Spheroid by DCkiq
I've finally managed to model something that I came up with when I was 5 years old!

The robot's general design was to basically have a camera in a small or dangerous place, be it a robotic exploration of a planet or spying Soviet militarists. It's basically a tiny Autobot; it can be its quadrupedal form or retract into a ball when asleep or threatened. This particular model has many interesting features. This extremely expensive yet sturdy machine's mechanical prototypes started as the size of a baseball before it's pea-sized consumer products. When retracted into spherical form, its reinforced steel is strong enough to withstand 4000 kg of weight. At this form it is also waterproof to depths of 30m. It's heatproof shielding can stand about 900 degrees F. It's tiny camera is about 4 megapixels of colored (or cheaper colorless) footage of 10 frames per second as well as a simple microphone. The camera can rotate 70 degrees vertically both ways. Horizontal rtation is done by the legs. When expanded, it unfolds its geared internal carbon legs. which allows it to walk at about 1 cm per second, moving one leg at a time. Unfortunately, the mechanics of the legs cannot lift any more than 3 times ti robot's weight, so it cannot break its fall. So it's built sock-resistant of up to 5 m. Since it's about the size of an airsoft BB, there isn't enough room for any AI inside the machine. So it gets its thinking and power from a satellite. The satellite can process information to and from the Spheroid so it can tell it to retract if the Spheroid records danger to the satellite. Its almost seamless retraction makes it nearly impossible to be pried open. Internal locks keep enemies with tools from unscrewing to side caps off. All this is why the spheroid can cost up to US$2 Million per unit in addition to software to communicate with the satellite, which still needs permission from the government, an precision construction of each individual Spheroid.

Early concepts had segments of the shell as part of the legs, which caused the Spheroid to jam upon retraction if the legs were scratched. They also had a tiny gun to shoot a small, hot, painful spark to buy time for an escape, but would lead to the robot's overheating, and time was spent getting the gun charged --- which also drained energy.

C4D R11.5
Render Time - 12 min.

Without shell
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Gallade-X-treme Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011   Photographer
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How much for one of these?

...If Portal 3 decides to be made, you should fund this. :iconimseriousplz:
It would be like a ninja turret with its tinyness.
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DCkiq Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're FAT turrets. :iconimepicseriousplz:
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Gallade-X-treme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011   Photographer
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Francundo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
me encanto
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NBbowler Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
The one on the left reminds me of a rounder version of the turret from the Portal series.
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RuneTrantor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
5 years old? So you predicted the turrets! But with a metal ball instead of plastic casings (in all fairness, it would be more sturdy than the actual ones)

Love the reflections, make it look like a real photo! (I take that is your house there :P)
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DCkiq Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, 'snot my house. Just some HDRI preset in C4D.

When I was little, I first tried to come up with a robot that turns into a ball. The original designs, when expanded, made the robot actually look more like a mix between a Star Wars battle droid and that giant robot from The Incredibles. Then I though 'What an ingenious machine!' Then I tried to make the legs pop out the sides and the camera have a shutter instead the head extending out the top. Then there was the problem with scratched legs that won't go in, so I made this where the vertually all-terrain legs are internal and come out the openings of the side caps. This design somehow looks like a fat, shiny turret with WORKING legs where the guns should be.
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RuneTrantor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You know that one of the main desgins for future space rovers is a ball? And it is just a sphere, no fancy legs, your would be even better, it rolls until it gets to an interesting place, or an upward hill, and takes it's legs out an does science! :P

That's some design process, taking into account so many things :D
It has any motor to roll on itself? And what size it is? It looks like a pocket robot to me, but it may be beigger... thou I doubt it is as large as the one in "The Incredibles" that one is a bit big, unless it IS a weapon...
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DCkiq Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Tumbleweed rover?

The Spheroid is the size of a pea. It says so in the description.
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RuneTrantor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly, that one. but it's so simple it's lame, your looks better and cooler.

A pea? Wow, talk about spy robots!
It does...?
... "Since it's about the size of an airsoft BB" ... In my defense, I don't know what the hell an airsoft BB is.
Would TLDR work? :P Just kidding, I simply didn't got that comparison. XD
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