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Nano-Drone Swarm Shows Off Slightly Creepy Formation Skills
The Blaze ^ | 2/2/12 | Liz Klimas

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 doesn’t 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 other’s 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):

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


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KEYWORDS: creepy; formation; nanodrone; swarm
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1 posted on 02/02/2012 10:49:56 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

For a VIP at a public event, security would either have to use physical nets, or an anti-air element.

Wow...


2 posted on 02/02/2012 10:51:40 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Nachum

Westernairres still do it better. Nothing like teens on horses doing the figure eight at a gallop.


3 posted on 02/02/2012 10:54:22 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Nachum

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.


4 posted on 02/02/2012 10:56:36 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Nachum
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5 posted on 02/02/2012 10:56:36 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Nachum
Can’t you imagine a swarm of tiny drones like these being launched at an enemy by a small infantry unit?

How about a swarm launched against an unsuspecting city by bad guys?

6 posted on 02/02/2012 10:57:47 AM PST by stevem
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To: Jeff Chandler

Awesome book! You beat me to it.


7 posted on 02/02/2012 10:59:23 AM PST by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: Nachum

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.


8 posted on 02/02/2012 11:00:12 AM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Nachum

bookmark


9 posted on 02/02/2012 11:05:09 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: Nachum

That is so damn cool!!


10 posted on 02/02/2012 11:06:04 AM PST by ontap
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To: cuban leaf

“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.


11 posted on 02/02/2012 11:08:38 AM PST by DBrow
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To: gaijin

“security would either have to use physical nets, or an anti-air element.”

They could just hire a good skeet shooter to tag along.


12 posted on 02/02/2012 11:09:41 AM PST by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: RC one

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.


13 posted on 02/02/2012 11:09:59 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Jeff Chandler

One just needs the right medicine...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i-Eht5-JSQ


14 posted on 02/02/2012 11:10:58 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DBrow

—Not field-ready, but impressive nontheless.—

Exactly!

Give it time...


15 posted on 02/02/2012 11:13:07 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: DBrow

—Not field-ready, but impressive nontheless.—

Here are some more INCREDIBLE videos of these things:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=quadrotor+building&oq=quadrotor&aq=3&aqi=g4&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=5374l8909l0l12014l13l12l2l2l3l0l205l1315l0.6.2l8l0


16 posted on 02/02/2012 11:14:48 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Nachum

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.


17 posted on 02/02/2012 11:16:18 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Nachum

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.


18 posted on 02/02/2012 11:22:05 AM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: cuban leaf

I think the sheets are there so we can see them.


19 posted on 02/02/2012 11:25:03 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Theophilus

Does that mean the terminators go into action in 2012?


20 posted on 02/02/2012 11:28:17 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
12ga birdshot should take care of that little problem.
21 posted on 02/02/2012 11:29:45 AM PST by moovova ("Obama Bulbs" - That's what I call the new CFL light bulbs...because they're not too bright.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That book was scary.. basically gray goo that can fly and gets smarter in figuring out ways to kill you.

22 posted on 02/02/2012 11:31:13 AM PST by Gideon7
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

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 there’s nothing to say the quadrotors couldn’t 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 shouldn’t 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.”


23 posted on 02/02/2012 11:31:21 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Nachum

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.


24 posted on 02/02/2012 11:33:30 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: outofstyle

Yep... loved that book!


25 posted on 02/02/2012 11:34:13 AM PST by myrabach
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To: cuban leaf

What if you take out one? Does it screw up the works?


26 posted on 02/02/2012 11:37:32 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: cuban leaf

Or- how about a more silent version on one that will target one individual? Like that assassin drone in Dune?


27 posted on 02/02/2012 11:42:03 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Vulnerable to tennis rackets.


28 posted on 02/02/2012 11:42:14 AM PST by lurk
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To: Gideon7

I’ve read just about everything Crichton wrote and Prey was the only book that creeped me out.


29 posted on 02/02/2012 11:48:39 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

They already have their abortion clinics and death panels for the useless eaters. No need for nano bots.


30 posted on 02/02/2012 11:52:46 AM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
I’ve read just about everything Crichton wrote and Prey was the only book that creeped me out.

Intriguing. I love Crichton's work. I will have to pick up Prey.

31 posted on 02/02/2012 12:07:43 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: cuban leaf

Amazing.


32 posted on 02/02/2012 12:07:43 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Nachum

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.


33 posted on 02/02/2012 12:27:23 PM PST by Stosh
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To: Nachum
Cool, but I wonder what type of government we will have when this is available. Will it be used to combat our enemies, or enforce State Control of the people?


34 posted on 02/02/2012 12:27:46 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: cuban leaf
IOW, they are not acting on their own. Rather, a single “brain” in the main computer is controlling all of them

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.

35 posted on 02/02/2012 12:41:57 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Nachum

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?

Thought not.

hehehe...


36 posted on 02/02/2012 1:28:07 PM PST by Talisker (Apology accepted, Captain Needa.)
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To: steve86

—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


37 posted on 02/02/2012 1:32:06 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Nachum; Travis McGee
Firearms will be obsolete within 15-20 years.

Matt. Take a look at this. Anyone who fights with a rifle (or handgun) in 20 years time, is fighting the last war.

38 posted on 02/02/2012 1:42:21 PM PST by Lazamataz (Norm Lenhart knows nothing about reloading.)
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To: moovova
12ga birdshot should take care of that little problem.

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 WHAT?

Now that you have taken out about 90 of them, let's say, what about the other 910 of them still descending towards you?

39 posted on 02/02/2012 1:44:58 PM PST by Lazamataz (Norm Lenhart knows nothing about reloading.)
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To: cuban leaf; CodeToad; Myrddin; Lazamataz; hollywood; Squantos; hiredhand; Eaker; archy

Very interesting point. Thanks.


40 posted on 02/02/2012 2:00:20 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Lazamataz
Time will surely tell. Lots of paradigms could not only shift, they could collide in various ways, perhaps radically differently in different times and places. It might be mind control bots in one theater, and bows and arrows in another. Who can say? What a time to be alive and be a witness. That's why I enjoy writing near-future semi-dystopian novels more than out-and-out post-apocalyptic stuff.




41 posted on 02/02/2012 2:07:27 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

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.


42 posted on 02/02/2012 2:16:13 PM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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bflv


43 posted on 02/02/2012 2:20:45 PM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


44 posted on 02/02/2012 2:22:07 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: CodeToad

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.


45 posted on 02/02/2012 2:38:29 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
Let's get me on order for the whole set. Payroll of the 20th, coming up. Price me, and sign pls, and sign somethin from the heart.... I remember you sayin' you'd sign "ALL HAIL EMPEROR JOHN SMITH" if asked. So none of that. Somethin' real.... even if it's "You know, most of what you post on Free Republic REALLY TORQUES MY BUTT!"

(Lol, I hope that's not what you sign)

46 posted on 02/02/2012 2:42:20 PM PST by Lazamataz (Norm Lenhart knows nothing about reloading.)
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To: Nachum

They look like a blade mqx to me, but with a computer controlling the en masse.


47 posted on 02/02/2012 2:50:25 PM PST by jkeith3213
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To: Lazamataz

Whatever rolls your socks up and down.


48 posted on 02/02/2012 2:52:43 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Lazamataz
PS, I decided to revamp my website on my own, instead of calling in outside help. Lots of pictures, including of the escape pod etc.

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

49 posted on 02/02/2012 2:55:36 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: RC one
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.

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".

50 posted on 02/02/2012 2:56:40 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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