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Sunday, May 08, 2022

It looks like something out of a science-fiction movie -- a cloud of tiny drones lifts off and weaves through a dense forest. They can remain in formation, sharing data, and tracking a target even if some of the swarm can't see it.



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...It's all real, though. Researchers from China's Zhejiang University developed the robots and detailed the process in the journal Science Robotics. The team says groups of autonomous drones like this could be ideal for mapping and disaster relief, but there are also clear use cases for military and surveillance operations.

Drone aircraft are nothing new, and swarms of drones are even able to coordinate operations, perhaps to put on a neat light show in the sky. However, that's a pre-programmed maneuver -- no human can manage a swarm of a dozen robots in real-time. That's why the swarm designed at Zhejiang University is fully autonomous. What's more, it doesn't rely on infrastructure like GPS. All the data the swarm needs to operate comes from the sensors on the robots themselves. The team says this is the first example of a swarm flying autonomously in an unstructured environment. ...

Oh, this can't be good...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-08 01:27 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-05-08 02:25 PM | Reply

Why not? Film police. Use to look for lost kids. Border wall. Really these should be all over high crime areas. I bet people would do less dumb stuff.

#3 | Posted by Brennnn at 2022-05-09 03:31 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Really these should be all over high crime areas."

Why stop with high crime areas?

Big brother wants to know.

#4 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-05-09 07:53 AM | Reply

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