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Honey, I shrank the helicopter...

...or at least Seiko Epson did...

Neat specs...
  • 136mm wide, 85mm tall, 12.3g in weight
  • Two ultra-thin ultrasonic motors propelling in opposite directions
  • 32 bit microcontroller
  • Tiny gyro-sensor
  • Battery pack on board
  • Bluetooh
  • Digital camera
  • Remote controlled
  • Two LED lamps


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Aug. 19th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
I guess we just have to face the facts that privacy is no more.
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Aug. 19th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
Indeed, but swatting that fly would be a federal offense making you an enemy combatant.
Aug. 19th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
A lot of Mission Impossible style tricks start to look a lot more plausible. Wonder how much payload you can add.

Willing to bet that they have a version with infra-red LEDs and camera.
Aug. 19th, 2004 08:49 am (UTC)
Another thought - wonder what bats make of them, and what they sound like to a bat detector (ultrasonic -> audible sound converter).
Aug. 19th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
I want!
That is just so cute, but such a long way from being soldier proof! ;@)
Aug. 19th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
"The helicopter robot, which is lighter than a can of pop, could be used in surveillance operations or for reaching into tiny spaces to look for earthquake survivors." (From the BBC report.)

This makes it sound a lot like a solution looking for a problem. It strikes me as more cute than useful.
Aug. 19th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
More cute than useful - I think many of us can identify with that....
Aug. 19th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
A hell of a lot lighter - lighter than the empty can, I'd imagine, since a 330ml can will weight 330g plus the weight of the can.
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