Dec 06 2008

Smart bugs: oh to be a fly on the wall

Category: technologyharmonicminer @ 10:51 am

Bug-Sized Spies: US Develops Tiny Flying Robots

If only we could be a fly on the wall when our enemies are plotting to attack us. Better yet, what if that fly could record voices, transmit video and even fire tiny weapons?

That kind of James Bond-style fantasy is actually on the drawing board. U.S. military engineers are trying to design flying robots disguised as insects that could one day spy on enemies and conduct dangerous missions without risking lives.

“The way we envision it is, there would be a bunch of these sent out in a swarm,” said Greg Parker, who helps lead the research project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. “If we know there’s a possibility of bad guys in a certain building, how do we find out? We think this would fill that void.”

In essence, the research seeks to miniaturize the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle drones used in Iraq and Afghanistan for surveillance and reconnaissance.

The next generation of drones, called Micro Aerial Vehicles, or MAVs, could be as tiny as bumblebees and capable of flying undetected into buildings, where they could photograph, record, and even attack insurgents and terrorists.

Can I have one of these to send to faculty meetings, so I can just stay home and watch remotely? The best part: if I decide to speak from my position as fly on the wall, and as usual someone throws something at me, I can just smile and change the channel.

They’ll never take me alive….  er, my bug, that is.


One Response to “Smart bugs: oh to be a fly on the wall”

  1. bio-system says:

    Hello people. It had been determined that a human IS a biorobot having a particular program along with manipulation modes. BIO-robot for the reason that form is actually alive, however programmed by nature. Refer to — Catalog of Human Population

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