Could This Be A Real-Life Golden Snitch?

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Japanese inventor Jun Rekimoto and his colleagues at the University of Tokyo have invented a HoverBall that’s just one small step away from the golden snitch in Harry Potter. The little plastic ball is embedded with a 90 millimeter wide drone and can hover for 5 minutes at a time. It’s controlled by remote control, but could be programmed with specific routes. From Buzzfeed:

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

“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.”

Yes, yes, all those things, but also Quidditch!

See another picture after the break…

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(New Scientist via BuzzFeed)

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