Are Insect Spy Drones outside Your Window?
There has been a lot of talk recently about the NSA or US military having tiny insect sized spy drones that they are using to spy on us. Several convincing photos are circulating the web that supposedly show these micro spy drones. But are they real?
The videos below show computer animated representations of what this technology could look like.
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In order to have a spy drone, you need several key pieces of equipment. You need an audio/video recorder, A GPS unit (for navigation), a radio receiver and transmitter (to relay information back to base… or a recorder to save the information for download later), a motor for mobility, and a power source.
Although the folks at the NSA are likely wringing their sweaty little hands at the thought of having a fleet of automated spy-cam insects roaming our streets, the technology to fit all of that into such a tiny frame is not here. Yet…
However, anyone familiar with Singularity, Moore’s law, and the exponential improvements in the technology sector, will surely see that the day that these spying insect sized drones become a reality is soon to be upon us.
The videos above show the latest in the development of insect like spy drones. As you can see, they are still roughly the size of your fist. They are probably half that size now, but that is still a lot larger then a mosquito.
In the videos below, you can see actual insect sized drones. These are truly the cutting edge in micro robotics, but as you can see in the videos, these cannot yet support the weight. The wire coming off of the drones is these videos is supplying power, and likely control. It will still take a while before the rest of the payload can be made small and light enough to fit on these little guys. Even then, lost units would be high considering a strong wind could likely take one out. The cost per unit would make these impractical for unwarranted individual surveillance. So even though, I believe the day is coming that we may see insect spy drones being used for surveillance, I do not think that day is here yet.
Note: The cover image for this story is the bee from the 1994 move Richie Rich built by special effects wizard Gene Young Check out a couple more picks of this movie prop. It couldn’t fly or move on its own, and was powered by an outside source. It was also about the size of your forearm.