From afar, it may look like a toy, but Greg Schroll’s gyroscope-powered — they exert torque to move it forward or turn it — spherical robot can navigate dangerous terrain and even climb out of a hole. Videos after the break.

Now a grad student at Colorado State University, Schroll is enhancing his bot with sensors, including an inertial measurement unit typically used in airplanes and guided missiles.

[via BotjunkiePopmech]