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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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
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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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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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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