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This is a Genetically-Modified Tiny Cyborg Dragonfly Drone

Scientists have altered a living dragonfly to become a cyborg so they can control its movements & see what happens. Future humans??

As drone technology advances, one of the biggest challenges is shrinking down the flying robots. The smaller drones are, the better they will be for purposes both practical (fitting into cramped spaces) and devious (spying). Scientists have turned to insects to understand how beings with tiny bodies produce the energy needed to fly for long periods of time, while our own shrunk-down drones’ batteries die quickly.

A new experiment bypasses the studying of insect flight to use living insects themselves as drones. Thus, researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute present DragonflEye, an insanely futuristic cyborg dragonfly ...

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Watch Drones Drop Thousands of Moths on Crops in this Video

Swarms of sterile moths could be coming to a cotton farm near you

Drones can swarm a military enemy, tour historical sites and even collect whale snot. Now, they are helping out cotton farms in a pilot program that is a new spin on crop dusting. Instead of chemicals, these drones drop hundreds of thousands of irradiated moths, Mary Beth Griggs reports for Popular Science.

Though seemingly bizarre, the USDA has strong motivation for the project: A plague of pink bollworms. Long considered an invasive species, these worms are a cotton field’s worst enemy. They lay eggs on cotton bolls, and their babies eat both cotton seeds and fibers, ruining crops and destroying their long-term viability. Even worse, the pink bollworms are largely resistant to many toxins.

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We’re back in Adam’s cave to check out his latest obsession, a robot spider with incredibly realistic movement. Adam shows off the special box and platform he built to tinker and calibrate the spider, and then sends it crawling around the pool table in his shop. It’s not for the arachnophobic!

Find out more about the Robugtix here:


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Watch a robotic cockroach launch a robotic bird off of its back

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2 robots are better than 1, especially when they work as a team.

Meet VelociRoACH and H2Bird. Together they make the coolest part-walking, part-flying robot duo. The cockroach-bird pairing, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, combines two forms of locomotion in one platform, taking advantage of the efficiency and endurance of a ground robot with the range and versatility of a flying robot.

The running roach-bot acts as a launch pad for the micro aerial “bird”. H2Bird weighs a little over 13 grams and can go airborne for about 90 seconds but it can’t take on its own—it needs a boost of at least 1.3 meters per second from its counterpart...

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With no motors inspiration for US military’s new mini-drones

US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.

The “micro air vehicle” is named after the insect that inspired its invention, the Cicada, which spends years underground before appearing in great swarms, reproducing and then dropping to the ground dead.

“The idea was why can’t we make UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that have the same sort of profile,” Aaron Kahn of the Naval Research Laboratory told AFP.

“We will put so many out there, it will be impossible for the enemy to pick them all up.”

The “Cicada”, short for Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft, was designed to be smaller, cheaper and simpler than any other robotic aircraft — but still able to carry out a missio...

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Bionic robotic ants could be tomorrow’s factory workers in pics & this video

Our new overlords? Bionic ants.

Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems.

The developers, German technology firm Festo, say it’s not just the unusual anatomy of real-world ants that inspired the bionic version – the collective intelligence of an ant colony was also something they wanted to replicate.

The bionic ants co-operate and coordinate their actions and movements to achieve a common aim – in the same way individual ants complete tasks for the whole colony. Festo says that in the future production systems will be based on intelligent individual components that adjust themselves to different production demands by communicating with each other.

The ants are able to complete complex tasks, like transporting large, heavy loads, that they wouldn’t be able...

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Drones that walk like insects shows in this video demo.


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Scientists create water walking bionic microrobot

The bionic microbot that mimics the water walking abilities of the water strider (Image: A...

Chinese scientists have developed an aquatic microrobot that mimics the water-walking abilities of the Gerridae – a family of long-legged bugs commonly known as water striders that are able to run on top of the water’s surface. The scientists say their bionic microbot incorporates improvements over previous devices that make it an ideal candidate for military spy missions, water pollution monitoring and other applications.

The robot has a body about the size of a quarter to which ten water-repellent, wire legs and two moveable, oar-like legs are attached. While the 10 long legs extending from either side of the robot’s body keep it afloat, the two shorter, centrally-located, oar-like legs powered by two miniature motors propel it across the surface of the water.

The scientists say that al...

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Drone Heavens: The Unmanned Aircraft Age Is Coming

It’s a quiet morning in San Francisco, with soft sunlight illuminating patches of thick fog billowing over the Golden Gate Bridge. A solitary unmanned aircraft—a 4-pound, battery-powered wedge of impact-resistant foam with a 54-inch wingspan, a single pusher-propeller in the rear, and a GoPro video camera attached to its body—quietly approaches the landmark.

Call them what you want—flying robots, unmanned aircraft, or drones are coming in swarms
Raphael “Trappy” Pirker controls the aircraft from a nearby hill. The bridge is within sight, but the 29-year-old enjoys the scenery through virtual-reality goggles strapped to his head...

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Insect-inspired device lets micro air vehicles perch on vertical surfaces

Mirko Kovac’s perching mechanism, mounted on a micro glider

Mirko Kovac's perching mechanism, mounted on a micro glider image www.spy-drones (1)

A young robotics engineer has developed a perching mechanism that could be invaluable to the field of Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs. Mirko Kovac, of Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), envisions a system wherein swarms of tiny robotic gliders would be deployed over scenes of disasters, such as forest fires or earthquakes. The gliders would fly straight into the sides of vantage points, such as tall buildings or trees, whereupon they would perch on that surface and transmit data to remote observers via cameras or other sensors. They could even free themselves, to fly on to another location.

Mirko Kovac's perching mechanism, mounted on a micro glider image www.spy-drones (2)

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How do ants manage to move so nimbly whilst coordinating three pairs of legs and a behind that weighs up to 60% of their body mass? German scientists have recently developed a device that may reveal the answer.

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Measuring the forces generated by single limbs is vital to understanding the energetics of animal locomotion. However, with very small animals such as insects, this becomes problematic. Dr Reinhardt (Friedrich-Schiller University) used an elastic polycarbonate material to produce a miniature force plate. Springs arranged at right angles to each other enabled forces to be measured across the plate in the micro-Newton range.

The ants (Formica polyctena) walk using an “alternating tripod” system: the front and back legs of one side and the middle leg of the other side move together du...

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