The Future of Drone Surveillance: Swarms of Cyborg Insect Drones

On June 20, 2012 by stratagem

Source: Network World

Forget the roachbots and the swarm of MIT humanoid robots dancing in sync, as well as “disposable” quarter-sized kilobots which are “cheap enough to swarm in the thousands,” and think instead of DARPA-like tiny insect cyborg drones that are “designed to go places that soldiers cannot” to work as spies or as swarm weapons. Is this a mosquito micro air vehicle (MAV)?

Alan Lovejoy wrote, “Such a device could be controlled from a great distance and is equipped with a camera, microphone. It could land on you and then use its needle to take a DNA sample with the pain of a mosquito bite. Or it could inject a micro RFID tracking device under your skin.” While DNA-sucking, RFID-chip-injecting mosquito drones are currently a bunch of bunk, a Bing image search shows a multitude of MAVs that aren’t simply CGI mockups.

This little MAV had a 3 centimeter wingspan and that was back in 2007. When the U.S. government was accused of making insect spy drones in 2007, Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel and expert on unmanned aerial craft, told the Telegraph, “America can be pretty sneaky.” The article also mentioned a dragonfly drone the CIA had developed in the 1970s.

While reading people’s comments concerning spy drones flying overhead, there have been many comments about “skeet shooting” drones down from the sky. That would most likely be destroying government property and make a person a “terrorist.” Besides, would you really see a tiny part bot, part bug “cyborg insect” drone from a distance if it was spying on you?

Read More: Network World

Related: Synchronized Quadrotor Drones and US Air Force Micro Air Vehicles lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base

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