Bird in Hand

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    released by Regina Dugan, Director of DARPA. "It weighs less than one AA battery. And it is very agile. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards."

    It took 300 wing designs, 12 avionic forms and 10 prototypes. "One way to be stealthy is to look natural. You don't notice them."

    And then the flying robot swarm of quadrotors came out, courtesy of Vijay Kumar and team. Such a wonderful display for my birthday! =)

    Photos and video below.

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    1. jurvetson 37 months ago | reply

      The innards:

      I had to visit them afterward:
      Wing frequency can interfere with the RF channel.

      Vijay catches his creation, all .12 lbs of it...

      The two PhD students from the GRASP Lab on the left... IMG_1765

      ...created this video (HD) for TED in three days. It's the best place to start. And then you can catch the talk that preceded it at TED.

    2. Broken Toy Shop 37 months ago | reply

      That's just amazing.

    3. Chucil 37 months ago | reply

      So cool! Happy Belated Birthday!

    4. jurvetson 37 months ago | reply

      Regina Dugan's TED Talk went online today.

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