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Adding to the list of awesome Android-related gadgetry, Tomer Weller and Yossi Sorin have created Paradroid, a self-navigating skydiving robot powered by an attached Android handset.

Beginning as a project for Google Developer's day ADK challenge, Paradroid is still a work in progress. That being said, it already seems to have some impressive capabilities, functioning from heights of over 1000ft., parachuting safely to the ground, and navigating to a predetermined location, all while sending back handy status reports.

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While it's already a pretty amazing device, it will be interesting to see how the project progresses, and what applications will be found for the Paradroid, outside being a fun curiosity. For more info, videos, and photos of the project, visit Paradroid's official website.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Kryptus

    Maybe one day they will land on Mars with an android-controlled robot :)

  • Hans-Erik

    I could see the military liking this. :)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    From reading the article it's clearly a great idea for a small military recon tool that could easily be dropped by the hundreds (thousands?) into unsafe territory and map it/spy/etc (or detonate).

    The catch, from the video, it's not clear that this thing could do anything but fall down, a skill granted intrinsically to any of us objects that are blessed with mass and not immune to gravity. Nowhere in the video does it show this thing navigating, either in air or on the ground. The particular parachute it's using is in theory capable of directed flight, but it's neither the best type for it or is the robot showing any signs of using it that way. I like the idea, but the video is a terrible demo of how that would work.