Skip to comments.Nano-Drone Swarm Shows Off Slightly Creepy Formation Skills
Posted on 02/02/2012 10:49:53 AM PST by Nachum
f the soldier-like perfection of the synchronized formation by these mini drones doesnt freak you out a bit their collective buzzing sure will.
Orchestrated by the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, these 20 nano quadrotors developed by KMel Robotics seem to, as Popular Science describes, sense each others proximity and work together to maintain formation like a hive of bees moving en masse.
Watch the drone swarm in varying formations and with obstacles (Note: Hold out for the figure eight at 1:27):
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For a VIP at a public event, security would either have to use physical nets, or an anti-air element.
Westernairres still do it better. Nothing like teens on horses doing the figure eight at a gallop.
There are related videos that are equally impressive.
As exciting as this is, it is still in the “cheating” phase. That is, notice the sheets. It is so a computer can control all of them individually by seeing them against the white sheets.
IOW, they are not acting on their own. Rather, a single “brain” in the main computer is controlling all of them.
How about a swarm launched against an unsuspecting city by bad guys?
Awesome book! You beat me to it.
I love nanobots for military applications. Imagine 100,000 of those swarming over multiple divisions of enemy soldiers, each one loaded with about 4 oz of composition B, each one communicating with every other one simultaneously assigning targets, simultaneously descending upon their targets, simultaneously exploding when they get about 3 feet away from their targets. ohohoho fun fun fun.
That is so damn cool!!
“As exciting as this is, it is still in the cheating phase.”
I also noted the special lights mounted above the sheets, looked like IR seen through a digital cam.
Not field-ready, but impressive nontheless.
“security would either have to use physical nets, or an anti-air element.”
They could just hire a good skeet shooter to tag along.
Unfortunately the Obama regime is more likely to release them on a neighborhood full of political oppenents than a foreign enemy. Leftists always save the real horrors for their own people.
One just needs the right medicine...
—Not field-ready, but impressive nontheless.—
Give it time...
—Not field-ready, but impressive nontheless.—
Here are some more INCREDIBLE videos of these things:
Next Step - I want to see you paint half of them blue and half of them red, then have the red team attack the blue team, and see if they can keep themselves straight.
The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
I think the sheets are there so we can see them.
Does that mean the terminators go into action in 2012?
That book was scary.. basically gray goo that can fly and gets smarter in figuring out ways to kill you.
Check out the videos hyperlinked in the article here; http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/nano-quadrotors-demonstrate-complex-swarm-behavior-2012021/
In the video where two of them build a tower, the “Matthew’s opinion” part is interesting:
“The important technology on display here is the accuracy of the quadrotors and the ability for them to work together. In their current small form the potential for them carrying objects is limited, but theres nothing to say the quadrotors couldnt be scaled up and made to carry much larger cargo.
The one limiting factor of the quadrotors is their battery life. But with such accurate movement it shouldnt be difficult for them to navigate to and land on a charging pad. With teams of quadrotors working together recharges could be handled in such a way that there is always an active group of quadrotors working.”
Imagine you are an enemy of a government that has “killer” versions of these things, you are at your compound and hear a slight whirring sound, look up, and see 10,000 of these little critters converging on you.
Don’t even get me started.
Yep... loved that book!
What if you take out one? Does it screw up the works?
Or- how about a more silent version on one that will target one individual? Like that assassin drone in Dune?
Vulnerable to tennis rackets.
I’ve read just about everything Crichton wrote and Prey was the only book that creeped me out.
They already have their abortion clinics and death panels for the useless eaters. No need for nano bots.
Intriguing. I love Crichton's work. I will have to pick up Prey.
I don’t know - all I could think while watching all those mindless, buzzing objects all operating in concert under the direction of some hidden operator was: Obama voters.
What you say may be true regarding this demonstration but off-the-shelf R/C gear can be programmed to do all of this except maybe for the close formation flying (and that isn't far away -- just a matter of further miniaturization of electronics and sensors). What will be more impressive (and creepy) will be autonomous decision-making and goal-seeking. Rumors military RPVs can do this now.
So imagine - just for a sec - that ETs and UFOs actually exist.
Think they’ve explored the use of nano drones?
With antigrav drives and cloaking?
The size and shape of a gnat?
Have you ever CHECKED a gnat?
—and that isn’t far away — just a matter of further miniaturization of electronics and sensors—
That right there is the exciting - and scary - part
Matt. Take a look at this. Anyone who fights with a rifle (or handgun) in 20 years time, is fighting the last war.
That will take out a few. And so will the next shell. And the next. And all the shells out to a maximum of, say, 30, for a Saiga.
Now that you have taken out about 90 of them, let's say, what about the other 910 of them still descending towards you?
Very interesting point. Thanks.
Anyone that thinks the makers/operators/controllers of this stuff has the edge has never seen death up close and personal. That stuff doesn’t save them.
They will have to shift to a non-metallic fabrication in order to make this an effective weapon.
A magnetic field could neutralize a metallic swarm, for example.
Another means of neutralization would be an RF jammer, like a ‘Mr. Wizard’ like device that troops in Iraq used to use to detonate IED’s.
Using this for surveillance or biowarfare would be an excellent principle use, however.
Essentially, this would be active vectoring of an agent or device against a target.
This could revolutionize assassination of high value targets.
One of the issues would be self-destruction. The nano-bot would ideally be consumed chemically on contact with skin or a mucous membrane. It wouldn’t matter that the biological agent were present as long as the vectoring bot were gone.
If you made these slightly radioactive, you could attach these bots to a car, or to a person, and track the low-level radiation signature by satellite, perhaps even through most residential and commercial construction. A bunker may shield enough signature to mask it.
The other aspect of this is that you could precisely measure the radiological signature AND quantity such that it would be tough to decoy and divert once you’ve attached the swarm to a target.
This would also NOT be caught by current bug detection countermeasures, but it would be caught by a Geiger counter, though using a Geiger counter isn’t currently something used in sweeping.
You could only use this radiological tracking bit for a while before you could use the same technology to track swarms remotely.
Fans, a pool of water, a storm, and other things would make trouble for something like this.
If they’re living and working on a closed base 20 miles into the desert from Las Vegas (or anyplace remote and secure), it might be hard to reach them there.
Of course, if they were living off base, that might be different.
(Lol, I hope that's not what you sign)
They look like a blade mqx to me, but with a computer controlling the en masse.
Whatever rolls your socks up and down.
And I might add that I've had drones, including hunter-killer sniper drones, and drones controlled by rebels, in all of my books except the first from 2002. http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/index.htm
Imagine a swarm of nanobots the size of flies, each one having a little stinger containing a drop of some powerful neurotoxin or hallucinogenic, perhaps controlled by a pigeon-sized "mother-ship".