Friday, May 3, 2013

Robo-bugs on the wall: world's smallest bot takes flight!

Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon

  Good Day World!

 Something is bugging me.

Remember that old saying, “I wish I were a fly on the wall so I could hear what they were saying?”

The new reality of the 21st century has brought that phrase home with the introduction of robo-bugs that can not only hear what you’re saying, but can see you while you’re saying it!

(Photo-Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon)

That kind of news creeps me out, but there’s not much I can do about it. I might go out and purchase a heavy duty fly swatter (frying pan?) just to be on the safe side. They may be small, but they’re not that small! Where’s my super magnet!

Here’s the story:

“Insect-sized robots have long held promise in the minds of sci-fi nerds. They could poke through treacherous rubble in search-and-rescue missions, discreetly snoop on the guilty and innocent alike, and sometimes, just maybe, form into giant swarms that block out the sun and do the bidding of larger, less agile, robotic overlords.

Hopefully that last bit won't come true, at least not before they invent robo-bug repellent. But on Thursday, the door to the future was kicked open when engineers at Harvard revealed a penny-sized robot that can hover like a housefly, beating its wings 120 times per second.”(rest of story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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