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The multi-robot organisms will be made up of large-scale swarms of robots, each slightly larger than a sugar cube, which can dock with each other and share energy and computing resources within a single artificial-life-form. The organisms will also be able to manage their own hardware and software, they will be self-healing and self organizing."
The current test system is flown at a height of 5 kilometers, and can watch three hundred and fifty square kilometers with a resolution of 30 centimeters.
Ultimately, DARPA wants these MEMS to remotely guide the insects, either through "direct electrical muscle excitation, electrical stimulation of neurons, projection of ultrasonic pulses simulating bats, [or] projection of pheromones,"
The thing most conspiracy nuts fail to realise is that while the government does have access to many incredible surveillance systems, they don't tend to use multi-million dollar gear to monitor penniless psychopaths.
Originally posted by s0ndernet
Do these videos comprise the "Disinformation" portion of the thread or what?
Attack of the giant flying cockroach
Yep, we're not kidding. If you're a fan of cockroaches and RC toys, prepare to explode in some kind of joy-splosion.
We really don't have words to describe this (and certainly not following certain cockroaches-flying-at-a-certain-editors-head event), but thankfully Gizmine, the purveyors of this fine product, do:
We offer very popular, authentic USB sushi drives for people who don't conveniently live in Tokyo, and we offer this product for people who don't live in New York.
The remote control also acts as a docking station, allowing you to charge the insect. A 30 minute charge yields five minutes of flying.