Creating the Mobee (the Monolithic Bee)

This is a fascinating video about the creation of a dime-sized robot flying machine. I have to say, every step in the process is at once innovative and scary. How long til the future of miniature spy drones? We’re already very likely to end up with Man-Hacks drilling into our brainpans when we least suspect them. Why not fly-shaped spy robots in every home?

Okay, seriously, this would be great for mass-production of tiny exploration bots so we could map areas on other planets or what have you. Imagine sending a probe with a compartment full of these things, each with a mini cam that feeds live video streams back to the probe, out to another planet where they could map the whole thing in no time flat.

Agile Quadrotors and our coming robotic apocalypse

Via Wired, and my darling wife Jodi who declared “we need these as pets!”, some pretty damn cool robotics from University of Pennsylvania.

Anyone else amongst my readership think of Half-Life 2’s Manhacks? Judging by some of the related videos, I’d guess so. (I might also know my audience, given how many of you are also gamer geeks.)