Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bug-Bots in WR News!

Club member S.R. brought us this story from the January 30 edition of WR News about tiny, insect sized Robots who will aid soldiers and help spy on bad guys - Text copied below:

"You might think twice the next time you spot a fly on the wall! The U.S. Air Force plans to design flying robots disguised or made to look like, insects. The bug-like robots could spy on enemies, including terrorists, in other countries. They could also conduct missions that are too dangerous for humans. Today's flying robots tend to be controlled by pilots on the ground. The new bug robots will fly on their own, using instructions that have been preprogrammed. The robots could be as small as bees. The tiny machines will have wings that flap like those of real insects. That will let them fly undetected, or unnoticed, into buildings. "There would be a bunch of these sent out in a swarm," explains researcher Greg Parker. He helps direct the research project at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio "If we know there's a possibility of bad guys in a certain building, how do we find out? We think this would [help us]. " The robots will also assist U.S. troops by taking pictures and recording video and sounds, including enemies' voices. The flying machines could even fire tiny weapons!
Engineers hope the robots will be airborne by 2030. "More and more military research is going into things that are small," says Loren Thompson, a defense expert involved with the project. "This type of technology is really the wave of the future."

Thanks S.R.!!

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