DelFly: Tiny Robotic Ornithopter Spy

Danger Room reports on the "DelFly" series of tiny flying robots built by the Delft University of Technology. The DelFly Micro, shown in the above video, has a ten-centimeter wingspan, but the DUT team are already working on subsequent models that will be half the size—easily mistaken for some sort of insect, like the purported flying mini-drones that some protesters in Washington said may have been spying on them last month.

Video: Dragonfly Drones in Flight [Danger Room]

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  1. Hmmmm . . . anyone here ever read “Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy” when they were young? Same idea, professor figures out you can’t really make someone “invisible” but instead enables them to enter a room in the form of a small electronic insect that is actually a spying drone, making them a de-facto invisible occupant of the room.

    All these new devices, “invisible” flying drones, heat-ray “non lethal” weapons, etc., make me think the notion of a future police state is not at all unreasonable to expect. They won’t be spying on terrorists, they’ll be spying on their own citizens.

  2. I loved the Danny Dunn series when I was growing up! That book was my favorite, especially the completely hilarious poem written by Danny’s mopey friend to distract the military guard. I also enjoyed the one with the computer. The concepts were ridiculous when I look back on them (anti-grav paint, computers programmed to write essays just by typing in textbooks, etc.), but they at least sparked an interest in science.

    Unfortunately I don’t think Delft will have the same ethics displayed in the book.

  3. …so let’s spy on them back! (sousveillance)
    How long till can we start watching back-room energy policy meetings on the Youtubes?

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