It may be awhile before those sinister robotic drones become affordable for the rest of us, but in the meantime we can practice with other, slightly menacing remote-controlled floating devices. The Space Ball is just such a device, allowing you to control a tiny flying Death Star of your own.
Offered by Japan's Kyosho Egg, the Space Ball is driven by two sets of mini-helicopter-style blades housed inside a sturdy spherical frame. Controlled by an infrared light, the device uses a gyro sensor to automatically right itself into launch position if it somehow falls to the ground. Although the manufacturer doesn't offer any add-ons to spice up the device, this plain floating orb is essentially begging to be modified into something a bit more interesting. (Phantasm drone? Lightsaber training globe? Hovering fake disembodied head for Halloween?)
We saw a similar, larger version of this kind of thing from Japan not long ago, but that cost the Japanese government about $1,400 to make, far more than the mere $80 required to lay your hands on the Space Ball. You can see it in action in the video below.