Category SELF DESTRUCT DRONES

The USA Marines Want an Super-Portable Kamikaze Drone

This Organic Precision Fires drone could strike targets over 37 miles away.

The U.S. Marines want a flying drone that could both reconnoiter the nearby landscape, complete its mission by exploding dead on target, and is small enough to be carried by an individual Marine. The new Organic Precision Fires drone system would be extremely useful if small units of Marines find themselves cut off from friendly forces and unable to call in for air and artillery support.

After nearly two decades of chasing lightly armed guerrillas with ample air and artillery support on call, the U.S. Marines are gearing up for the possibility of big power warfare...

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Watch This Incredible Tiny Robot Fold Itself and Then Destroy Itself

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MIT’s new origami robot looks like a tiny cube of aluminum foil, but don’t let that fool you. It can assemble itself into a set of predetermined shapes, roll right along, and can be easily dissolved. Best of all, it’s completely untethered.

The main feature is a magnet, which is layered with PVC and polystyrene. The transformation happens when that material meets a heating element, and then folds into shape origami-style. Rather than relying on wires, it moves in tandem with an external magnetic field that shapes its path. It’s designed to either roll or walk, depending on what’s needed, and dissolves in a bath of acetone.

Right now, the MIT researchers just have the shape; they haven’t added sensors or any other sort of payload...

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