Surveillance Society: New robot bee may soon be a spy’s secret weapon

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May 2016 TECHNOLOGYPeople fear robots are becoming too human, but, in reality, robots are becoming a little more bug-like every day. A team of Harvard University researchers proved this axiom when they found the solution to extending tiny robot flight is by mimicking the way small bugs alight on walls and ceilings. The applications for such a robot are wide-ranging, from small spying devices that can conduct surveillance missions while suspended from a ceiling to research drones that can allow scientists to take measurements where no other sensors can physically go.
For the typical drone, hovering can take just as much energy as flying. As long as the robot is in the air, it’s expending energy and running down its small battery capacity. What researchers discovered, as reported in a new study published Thursday in the journal Science, is that tiny robots could save considerable energy if they simply landed and perched between jaunts, the way a bee or butterfly might land on the ceiling before taking off again.
While the scientists toyed with a number of different surface adhesion possibilities, the team finally settled on a unique combination of electrostatic material and foam to create a new kind of built-in robot landing pad. The team built a bee-inspired micro aerial vehicle (MAV) robot and attached an electrostatic patch consisting of a carbon-fiber base, copper electrodes and a polyamide coating. It sits on a small foam cylinder.

When charged, the electrostatic plate can attach itself to almost any surface (wood, glass, organic material) that responds to static electricity (yes, the same stuff you build up when you rub a balloon on a wall or your feet on the carpet). The chosen technology would work equally well on the ground or ceiling, said Robert Wood, a co-author of the new study, in an email to Mashable. “But we felt that perching on an overhang is more challenging since you have to have an adhesive force to overcome gravity.”
The foam is there to help cushion the landing. Without it, the tiny robot — it has just a 3-centimeter wingspan — might just bounce off the surface. By using electrostatic energy, the researchers significantly broadened the kinds of materials and situations in which the robot can land and then take off again. During testing, the robot was tethered to a power source at all times, allowing researchers to remotely power the electro-static plate, and to circuitry that provided some pre-programmed flight control behaviors (hover, approach target, detach and hover). To design their robot landings, researchers took a cue from how bees perch, observing how they control their own velocity and slow down and hover before landing softly. –Mashable

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5 Responses to Surveillance Society: New robot bee may soon be a spy’s secret weapon

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Have read about this. But also that Israel had developed electronic devices that could be used to hear the plans/movements of enemy combat units that look like rocks.
    You and I really need not to worry, they would be after bigger fish.

  2. Dennis E. says:

    On second thought after I posted the above, The History Channel last night ran a program on Trans human. Modifying the human body with nano bots/circuits to the brain.
    Remember the Borg–The Matrix and you thought that was just science fiction? Even said last night could eventually make people immortal. Changing DNA and cells in the Brain. Need to watch if they run it again

    Plus, Plus, they went back to history and said it has been done before!.

    • Utopia: the Collapse says:

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      I will check that out for sure.

      Yes, it’s happened before: Centaurs, Satyrs, dinosaurs are even genetic chimeras (part bird, part reptile). Why do you think God saved only the animals they weren’t contaminated and led them on the ark? All the other confused species of hybrids and evil men were destroyed in the flood.

      And the LORD said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing–all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them. -Genesis 6:7 (NLT)

      There is nothing new under the sun, as Solomon said.

      Mankind reaches a technological status – he morally corrupts himself and destroys his fellowmen in violence. Mankind is wiped out; the whole process starts over again. This has been, and will be a historical cycle repeated on this planet until the end of time.

      • Dennis E. says:

        The program is called “The Next Humans” came out 05.21.16
        I can get it om my smart phone under the history app I have on it to watch shows
        I have direct TV so I signed in under my user name and password.

        Look under Ancient Alien Title and scroll down

      • Utopia: the Collapse says:

        Will do

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