An unusual object has been making headlines in India, and the results could prove to be a hit with youngsters.
A rubber ball with a thin, elastic layer at its centre, made of polyethylene and polypropylene, has been spotted at a factory in the eastern city of Mysore.
Its inventor is Anurag Gupta, a designer and architect who has designed a range of toys, such as the plastic doll with rubber on its head and a toy train that is suspended in the air.
He has also designed a toy for children called the ‘Sleeping Monkey’ that has a sleeping monkey at the top.
The rubber ball is made from two pieces of rubber.
Its elasticity can be adjusted by pushing the rubber towards or away from the surface of the ball.
It is made with polypropane and polyethylenisole, which make it flexible.
The ball is able to move from one surface to another.
It can also be attached to objects such as a table and a doll to form a whole.
“It has been designed to fit in your pocket,” Gupta told the AFP news agency.
“The elasticity is very high, so you can put it on the edge of a table or in a backpack, and it will stay there,” he said.
Gupta says the rubber ball has been in production since 2006.
When the ball was first tested by the BBC in 2007, Gupta told reporters it had achieved a speed of 30mph (50kmh), but the BBC soon announced it was an illusion.
Since then, the toy has been seen in India in shops and schools, with more than 100,000 toys now being sold.
It is the second such toy to be created by Gupta and the first to be made in India.
In 2014, he was named as the winner of a prestigious international prize for his invention, the Rubber Ball.
India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is home to a number of major manufacturing hubs, including manufacturing of plastics and other plastics used in plastic products, according to the World Economic Forum. (AFP)