The original purpose of these devices is unknown, but scan data would seem to indicate that they may have been designed for industrial use and later used in combat systems. Conveyor Systems and lifts designed to transport Kinetic Orbs are occasionally encountered on Aether and Dark Aether, possibly as part of a loading system for a Kinetic Orb weapon.
Given that Samus can use Kinetic Orb technologies while in her alternate form, Kinetic Orbs are undoubtedly comparable in size and shape to the Morph Ball, probably no larger than one meter in diameter. Because Kinetic Orb Cannons often launch objects towards magnetic rails, it is safe to assume that Kinetic Orbs were magnetic or were equipped with some enhancements similar to Spider Ball technology.
- "The purpose of the Kinetic Orb Cannon is unclear. It may have originally been designed for industrial use, then converted to a combat system in later times." —Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Logbook "Kinetic Orb Cannon" (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)
- "Object scan complete. Target is part of a conveyor system. Conveyor system originally used to transport Kinetic Orbs. Provides access to upper section of room." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)
- "Object analysis complete. System designed to transport Kinetic Orbs. May have been a part of a loading system for a Kinetic Orb weapon." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)