This is HyTAQ
, the latest demonstration of quadcopter technology from the Illinois Institute of Technology
. Unlike standard quadcopters we've shown you before, though, HyTAQ is a little more versatile. If weather conditions or other factors leave the copter unable to fly, it can keep chugging along courtesy of it's convenient cage, which acts as a sort of robotic hamster ball, allowing HyTAQ to move along the ground
-- including rough terrain like sand dunes -- as easily as it glides through the air. The bot has been in development for sometime, but footage of it in action dropped only recently, and you've got to see this thing in action for yourself.