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Curiosity prototype makers create Mars Rover for Earth

Finally, a martian rover to call your own.

A Polish team of engineers who first created a rover in a NASA contest that eventually led to Curiosity have revealed a remote control, backpack-sized version of their 'land drone' designed to be used on Earth.

The $1400 'Turtle Rover' has a robot arm that can be remotely controlled, a HD camera for livestreaming, and can have everything from GoPro's to laser mapping attachments added to it.

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The 'Turtle Rover' land drone is built on NASA-inspired suspension and can conquer every terrain and even be submerged under water, making it possible for everyone from researchers to wildlife photographers to explore what might otherwise be inaccessible parts of Earth

The 'Turtle Rover' land drone is built on NASA-inspired suspension and can conquer every terrain and even be submerged under water, making it possible for everyone from researchers to wildlife photographers to explore what might otherwise be inaccessible parts of Earth

Its makers boast it can conquer every terrain and even be submerged under water, making it possible for everyone from researchers to wildlife photographers.

''The only real limit is your imagination' are not just empty marketing words we use,' Simon Dzwonczyk, CEO and mechanical designer of Kell Ideas, the maker of Turtle Rover, told DailyMail.com.

'The rover as a standalone product can be used as a land drone for photography, inspection, and of course for fun.'

'There are places you won't send your drone: for example, caves, ruins, and other tight spaces - Turtle loves to work there.'

The 18-inch by 16-inch robot that 'looks and feels like a Mars rover' is equipped with a robotic arm and a full HD camera that supports livestreaming.

Users can add GoPros, DSLR cameras, external lights, 360-degree cameras, custom electronics, or a LIDAR (light detection and ranging system) for mapping.

Turtle can overcome obstacles the size of its wheels and can also transport equipment.

Its makers say they hope they will also be used in MilSims, military simulations for civilians that range from video games to actual reenactments of military combat with air guns or even real pyrotechnics and military vehicles.

The 18-inch by 16-inch robot that 'looks and feels like a Mars rover' is equipped with a robotic arm and a full HD camera that supports livestreaming

The 18-inch by 16-inch robot that 'looks and feels like a Mars rover' is equipped with a robotic arm and a full HD camera that supports livestreaming

One year, five design iterations, and two working prototypes later, the team launched Turtle Rover on Kickstarter last week, raising 40 percent of their $71,247 funding goal in just the first three days

One year, five design iterations, and two working prototypes later, the team launched Turtle Rover on Kickstarter last week, raising 40 percent of their $71,247 funding goal in just the first three days

Both the software and hardware of the robot - which can be remotely controlled from 200 meters away - are open-source, which means it has potential for an infinite number of modifications and developments for all different uses.

It's built around RaspberryPi (a series of mini single-board computers) and gives access to the Linux operating system driving the robot, making it very convenient for users to implement their own software and algorithms into the code.

Turtle can overcome obstacles the size of its wheels and can also transport equipment as well as support military simulations known as MilSims

Turtle can overcome obstacles the size of its wheels and can also transport equipment as well as support military simulations known as MilSims

The team says the closest competitor to Turtle would be flying drones, but they believe they have the aerial vehicles beat with some advantages no UAV would ever overcome. 

'The rover can drive for up to 4 hours, stream fullHD for up to 8 hours and can take up to 5 kilograms of equipment - Beat it, drones!' Dzwonczyk said.

There are ground robots on the market, but they're either small developmental kits used for simple tasks or huge, expensive quasi-military robots for special purposes. 

The rover can drive for up to 4 hours, stream fullHD for up to 8 hours and can take up to 5 kilograms of equipment. 

THE 'TURTLE ROVER' LAND DRONE

A Polish team who made a Curiosity prototype and also launched other robotics technology into the stratosphere has reunited to create an Earth rover for everyone. 

Their 'Turtle Rover' is built on NASA-inspired suspension and can conquer every terrain and even be submerged under water, making it possible for everyone from researchers to wildlife photographers to explore tight spaces like caves and ruins and get close to wild animals.

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 It's built around RaspberryPi (a series of mini single-board computers) and gives access to the Linux operating system driving the robot, making it very convenient for users to implement their own software and algorithms into the code

The 18-inch by 16-inch robot that 'looks and feels like a Mars rover' is equipped with a robotic arm and a full HD camera that supports livestreaming, but that's not all. 

The Turtle Rover includes a robotic arm, NASA-inspired suspension, open source software and hardware and is waterproof

The Turtle Rover includes a robotic arm, NASA-inspired suspension, open source software and hardware and is waterproof

By digging into the code and the electronics, users can

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