Here we go ... the insect drones now have power ... get out the flyswatters! ... don't think insect spray will work unless it fogs up the lens.
Scientists use 3D printer to create microbatteries smaller than a single GRAIN of sand, paving the way for high-powered flying robot insects.
The revolutionary technology behind 3D-printed car parts, food and guns can also be used to print batteries smaller than a grain of sand.
Scientists have used a 3D printer to make linthium-ion microbatteries that can fit into tiny devices that had previously stumped engineers looking to power them for longer periods.
The batteries were constructed from interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, which conduct electricity, that are each smaller than the width of a single human hair.
Found this article on the "mosquito" insect drone that was mentioned before:
Business Insider - Military Defense
The Future Of Micro Drones Could Get Downright Scary
It's been several years since the rumors and sightings of insect sized micro drones started popping up around the world.
Vanessa Alarcon was a college student when she attended a 2007 anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. and heard someone shout, "Oh my God, look at those."
"I look up and I'm like, 'What the hell is that?'" she told The Washington Post. "They looked like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects," she continued.
and a refresher on the "dragon fly" drone ... "we saw an amazingly-realistic version that the CIA developed over 40 years ago" ...
New dragonfly drone can be controlled with a smartphone
Dragonflies have been a popular choice for nature-inspired drones. First, we saw an amazingly-realistic version that the CIA developed over 40 years ago, but scrapped once they couldn't get the flying part perfected. Then, more recently we saw a drone developed by Georgia Tech that copied the dragonfly's four-wing design and was equipped with a suite of data collecting sensors.
The latest offering in robo-dragonflies, however, is the first that a) can be controlled with a smartphone and
looks ready to be owned right now. The BionicOpter was created by robotics company Festo and like the Georgia Tech version is outfitted with sensors and wireless communication technology that allows it to continuously transmit data that it is collecting.
Edited by duffy98, 21 June 2013 - 12:24 PM.