posted on Oct, 28 2011 @ 09:16 AM
Originally posted by ELahrairah
Anybody else get the bad feeling that
these will be used to spy on the public.
Put a camera and a gun on one of these things and they would be super intimidating.
Imagine one peeking in your _
LOL! Oh no, we're well past this point. This sphere is little more than a toy. There's no need to hover a huge sphere outside someone's window when
you can just send a remote controlled roach or moth right into their house:
Military scientists are currently working on a new type of robot technology - insect cyborgs, affectionately known as 'cybugs'! The vision is to
adapt actual insects to become surveillance platforms, equipped with cameras and able to access combat areas impenetrable to humans. Generally
speaking, the main difficulty experienced so far in the creation of hugely scaled-down variants of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) like the Reaper and
Predator drones currently tasked with surveillance missions over conflict zones like Afghanistan has been that of developing a power mechanism for
them that combines low weight with high performance.
However, insects already have the ability to fly and, for this very reason, the scientists are now looking to them. Rather than create insect-shaped
military robot technology, though, they are seeking to blend robotic elements into the insects and create natural/artificial insect robot hybrids.
Initially, the plan was to fuse machinery onto the insects, but this measure was found to be unreliable. Now, through the Hi-Mems (Hybrid Insect
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) programme, research is underway into installing microchip technology into undeveloped insects, with the aim that
their muscles and nerves will essentially "mix in" with the electronic elements, and that the resulting creatures can be manipulated remotely. While
this could be a costly exercise, it is anticipated that constructing entirely artificial technology from the outset could be more expensive.
Natural metamorphosis from one type of insect to another (e.g. caterpillar-to-butterfly) would strengthen the internal elements, according to the
theory behind the plan.
Hi-Mems has been taking place within the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the past three years and, so far, $12 million in funding has
been injected into it. A number of stranded sub-projects have evolved out of it, focusing on Horned Beetles, Moths and Roaches at several different
institutions including MIT.
To date, researchers have successfully managed to control the motion of moths, although not yet in the air.
Ultimately - once the scientists have gained 100 per cent control over these insects - it is envisaged that they could serve on the front line as
surveillance robots - their cameras, sensor equipment and other gadgets aiding in detecting enemy forces or IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), for
example. Insects do not traditionally have much of a life-span, but even this has been thought of - devices that help sustain them could be attached
Furthermore, it is hoped that, rather than with batteries, the insects will basically power themselves using their own associated mechanical energy
and turning it into electrical impulses.
Originally posted by ZombieJesus
Not very impressive, just a combination of proven technologies, but nothing groundbreaking. For all the people saying "getting closer" no, its not.
It's based on the same gravity fighting technologies as an airplane and helicopter. When japan makes a sphere that has no rotary propeller and wings,
thats when we will be "closer".
You are correct, I'm an R/C nut and this is basically the same as this R/C craft:
Or this one:
These are VTOL (vertical take off and landing) craft that can also fly horizontally. The Japanese version just has a round cage built around it. Yes
the Japanese version has stabilization features too, but the same 3 axis gyros are finding their way into hobby-grade R/C craft as well.
EDIT TO ADD: Watch this You Tube video for information from Horizon Hobby about new 3 axis gyro technology that they're adding to all their micro R/C
I have a tiny collective pitch heli of theirs that uses this technology and it is astonishing at how stable it is even in high winds. It barely weighs
an ounce but can fly in over 20 mph wind. They're going to start putting it on micro planes too. I don't think most people realize how far hobby-grade
R/C has progressed in the last 5 years, we already have micro planes and helis that are scarcely an ounce that can carry on-board video cameras and
fly in high wind. I can't imagine what the military has.
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