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Developers selling ‘dragonfly’ robotic drone for about $100
yahoo.com ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 12/19/2012 6:24:11 AM PST by posterchild

The Air Force has spent more than $1 million to help develop a small and versatile robot dragonfly. But in a move to raise funds for the Dragonfly, the developers are offering the public the chance to own their own flying robot Dragonfly for $119.

“This means you can do amazing aerial photography, spy on people, secure your house or use it as the next-gen gaming platform,” says Emanuel Jones, co-founder of TechJect, in a promotional video for the project on the Indiegogo website.

Jones and project founder Jayant Ratti started TechJect after first developing the Dragonfly at the Georgia Institute of Technology with a grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

They say the current prototype weighs less than an ounce, or the weight of one AA battery. And if you believe the project’s developers, it offers several more practical uses than your typical “one-trick pony” aerial drone, including a smaller frame and more powerful battery life.

“This could be the next generation in spy tools. Even James Bond would want one of these,” Ratti says in the video, noting it is specifically being developed for use by the military and local law enforcement agencies.

So, what would the average person want with a tiny spy drone the size of an insect? The Dragonfly comes equipped with high-definition cameras and can be operated with an iPhone.

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1 posted on 12/19/2012 6:24:16 AM PST by posterchild
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To: posterchild

I need three.


2 posted on 12/19/2012 6:28:55 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: posterchild

If this can work well outside I could save a lot on Gas by using one of these to check out the fence line here on the farm rather than drive all over it.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 6:39:10 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: The Working Man

It only weighs 1 ounce, so I hope it isn’t windy where you are.


4 posted on 12/19/2012 6:43:20 AM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

It looks highly breakable.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 6:49:06 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: The Working Man

>>If this can work well outside I could save a lot on Gas by using one of these to check out the fence line here on the farm rather than drive all over it.

If not, it seems like there would be a business opportunity there for someone to do that on a regular basis for a number of clients using something sturdier. They could feed it to a password protected website.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 6:49:56 AM PST by expat1000
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To: posterchild

Impressive.


7 posted on 12/19/2012 6:51:02 AM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: Kirkwood
Definitely. These look far more durable: Though I doubt they're for sale...or cheap.
8 posted on 12/19/2012 6:52:46 AM PST by EEGator
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To: The Working Man

I was thinking the same thing for our place.

With an IR camera, it might be helpful when the dogs start growling at something “out there” in the dark too.


9 posted on 12/19/2012 6:57:04 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: posterchild

Thanks, I will put that on my Christmas wish list...


10 posted on 12/19/2012 7:00:33 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: posterchild

“So, what would the average person want with a tiny spy drone the size of an insect? The Dragonfly comes equipped with high-definition cameras and can be operated with an iPhone.”

So, when you’re unloading the kids from the soccer match and all the groceries in the trunk what’s to stop the pedo up the street from flying one of those in your house to watch your kids undress, bathe and otherwise conduct their business?

Or watch your prepubescent kids swimming in their own fenced in back yard? Unlimited viewing time with no social constraints for staring at the ‘nubile’ 12yr olds.

Or your creepy ex who has a restraining order. And thinks you might be moving on with someone else?

Or your nosy neighbor who thinks you might own an illegal gun. Or wants pictures of your ‘prepper stash’?

Or the voyeur you work with who just wants video of you having sex.

LEOs can search your home for gun cases and/or ammo boxes now w/o your knowledge. Just fly one in the door as you’re leaving.


11 posted on 12/19/2012 7:08:59 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: The Working Man

It says it can be controlled by an iPhone. I wonder if that means via bluetooth. If that is the only communication then the range will be severely limited.


12 posted on 12/19/2012 7:13:58 AM PST by posterchild
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To: Black Agnes

You can use it for good. Like to inspect hard to reach areas of your home. Or watch movements of rioters or brown shirts heading your way. Or check out that bump in the night without risking your own neck.

It’s a tool. Use it for good or evil - your choice.


13 posted on 12/19/2012 7:20:09 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Black Agnes

Frankly, it would be wise to assume that most of these are already possible (except perhaps for the drone flying into your house) by government (at all levels) and by any person with a small bit of technical ability who has the interest/ambition.

This device just lowers the barriers to entry a bit - it doesn’t do anything that other devices don’t already do.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 7:23:10 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: The Working Man
Drive your fence line once to get all it's GPS coordinates and buy a MikroKopter - HexaKopter

Test flight of HexaKoptre with a GPS test

15 posted on 12/19/2012 7:23:19 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: ctdonath2

If you think the majority of uses of this particular thing will be ‘for good’ you haven’t been paying attention to the news cycle.

I’ll also opine this: The very FIRST time something like this is used to get video of someone like the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge doing the nasty you had better bet the development of electronic bug spray will go into full overdrive. You can also bet that civilian use/posession of the same will be made illegal.

For $100 each the PTB’s can have hundreds of thousands of these and put one in each ‘suspected terrorist’s house. That would be your house btw. Posting on FR will be (and probably already is) a sign of terroristic intentions. Hope you’re OK with LEOs getting video of your daily activities without a warrant.

And just like you can use them to check on rioters coming your way (ears are good with this btw, i’ve been in social unrest before), the LEO’s can post them in your garage. You know, in case you put a gun in the trunk of your car. Or sort your recyclables properly. Or have a low flow head on your shower. Or a 5gal flush toilet. Or spank your kids.

It’s an arms race that will, ultimately, eliminate the usefulness of any firearms. The pursuit of which was the entire purpose of the war(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan. Peasants will lose this one. Big time. We lack multibillion dollar R&D budgets.

The ‘surveillance’ purpose will quickly morph into the ‘tactical elimination’ purpose. Your guns will be useless. Well, you could use them to club rabid dogs or snakes.


16 posted on 12/19/2012 7:33:54 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: posterchild

The Chinese come out with ten new micro quadcopters every week.


17 posted on 12/19/2012 7:37:18 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: chrisser

I’m just trying to correct the assumption that this development, economically, gives the peasants any sort of advantage. This is equivalent to the development of gunpowder. It took hundreds of years to give the peasants an equal chance with that technology.

The ones you and I might be able to purchase are many development cycles behind what the elites are already using (against us).

These negate several amendments in the BOR. Negate outright.

Just another sign of the times though. The pendulum is on a big downswing in the rights and freedoms of the peasant class. It might be another millenium before humans are as free as Americans were in the 1950 and 60’s to enjoy their lives, privately, in the sanctity of their own homes.

If you have nothing to hide, etc.


18 posted on 12/19/2012 7:39:57 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: posterchild
"But in a move to raise funds for the Dragonfly, the developers are offering the public the chance to own their own flying robot Dragonfly for $119."

OK, how is selling it for a loss going to raise money?
19 posted on 12/19/2012 7:42:13 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: Black Agnes
LEOs can search your home for gun cases and/or ammo boxes now w/o your knowledge. Just fly one in the door as you’re leaving.

Note to self: Install Bug Zapper by front door.

20 posted on 12/19/2012 7:59:40 AM PST by Starstruck (Washinton is presently building a diving board on the fiscal cliff)
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