quote [ Oh my god, look at those, I look up and I’m like, ’What the hell is that?’ They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects.” ]

Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.

“I’d never seen anything like it in my life,” the Washington lawyer said. “They were large for dragonflies. I thought, ’Is that mechanical, or is that alive?’ “

That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Well, that would be science fiction stuff, right?



Wow just google: “insect-like surveillance drones”

Beware the Spy Fly – insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools. … insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools. Comment on it! …

Gnatbots are the result of twenty years of animats and miniaturization. Tiny robots, often just a few millimeters large, controlled by simple minds with insect-like behaviors like scouting, hiding, escaping or flying. Their use for surveillance and exploration are obvious. Some Concordat roboticists are working on a nanotech version, which would be a swarm of submillimeter flies able to act together.

Cockroach (IRSD 34): a standard gnatbot design that can be customized, made by several robotics companies such as Cybernation Mobile Robotics, Mekatronix and Securetech. It is mainly used for inspections inside machinery, rescue operations and scouting. Around the size of a large bug (around two centimeters long) with a carapace of hard plastic (coloring depending on maker and customizing). The Cockroach is fairly tough and has an active time of several hours of moving before needing a recharge.

Mosquito: An advanced spy gnatbot; the prototype was developed by Seiko, but several other groups seem to have developed their own versions or copied theirs. The Mosquito looks practically identical to a small, transparent mosquito, complete with mosquito-like behavior. It is made of light plastic, and contains a small neural net brain and advanced vision systems. It cannot hear, but can transmit what it sees using radio or infrared. Price: 1,000 IOU Spec, Ill

Mite: The state of the art in the Concordat, the result of a collaboration between NRG1 and NMS Brussels. The mite is just 0.2 millimeters across, a silicon microbot with a nanocomputer brain and simple behavioral programs. It is completely autonomous, and controlled by simple stimuli such as sunlight, pheromone commands or pre-programmed instincts. It can record up to 24 hours of sound before its memory is filled. Price: 9,000 IOU Dev, Ill

Or perhaps an insect-like flying machine that can refuel itself by grazing off … sensors to tiny insect-like surveillance drones for use in combat zones. …

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.



~ by traumatron on October 10, 2007.

2 Responses to “Bugged.”

  1. I found some stuff on Robo-Roach for my research; poor thing 😦 –

    “Before surgery, researchers gas the roach with carbon dioxide. Wings and antennae are removed. Where the antennae used to be researchers fit pulse-emitting electrodes.”


  2. Teddy War Robot

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