I want one. Give it a nice feminine voice so we can chat and I'll go for a flock of them.
mmm.... must get out more. Where's my coat...
The University of Michigan (UM) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $10m by the US Army to carry out research leading to a "six-inch robotic spy plane modelled after a bat", which would "gather data from sights, sounds and" - worryingly - "smells". U-Michigan concept of 'the bat' robogargothopter 'The bat' robo- …
With airport-announcer pleasantness you hear from a nearby telephone pole:
"Scan mode engaged"
"Your face has been matched with 0.97 accuracy to profile data kept in the TIA cross-atlantic coverage database. Given the current state of "orange" terror alert, anti-terrorism bill HR.666 allows me to expedite effective antithreat measures without further human operator veto intervention."
(Upon which the bat throws a couple of high-speed tetrotoxin darts at your exposed neck.)
"Thank you and have a nice day."
Further clarfication that the US army is indeed a force of evil...
I can hardly see the army of light arming themeselves with autonomous winged terror bats.. can you?
Maybe the new leader of the free world is going to be Venger from Dungeons and Dragons!!
I hope version 2 of the project will be for "Winged Monkeys"
How about a tick-bot that clings to any enemy bat-droid, drinks from it's power source, reads the data it is storing and feeds it false data?
Maybe the bat-droid needs to carry a robo-virus that it is imune to but will infect tick-bots. And so on and so on..................
Micro-ECM and micro (maybe even pico) ECCM are going to be sooo much fun!
Wouldn't it be simpler to further the research and development of implant control on a real bat?
(See many previous Reg articles.)
After all, real bats can already fly very well, hang upside down and hang around, refuel themselves with insects/fruit etc. They can also fly in the dark, in dense formations avoiding obstacles and not bumping into each other. All that is an amazing set of capabilities which have already been developed.
The only problem is that they only fly at night, but some little blacked out goggles should take care of that. (Sponsorship logo on the headband?)
I await news of joined up thinking in the area of military research.
Ever heard of blue-on-blue or friendly fire (if ever there was a more disgusting oxymoron) ?? USAF is so famous for it that the US Army NEEDS its own air power !!
Imagine a flock of airforce bat-roids zapping a whole US infantry division !! Al-Queda will wet itself laughing for a week !!
How cool is that?
Will it be in stores for Xmas?
We can only hope that the US military doesn't realise they could conquer the world in minutes with flocks of these in 57% of the world's kid's Xmas presents.
Aside: remind me how you do multiple third-person plurals again?
1. Any other creatures which mankind generally abhor(s) and result(s) in communal dread? Cockroaches? Women?
2. Anyone remember Martin Cruz Smith's "Nightwing", the book, and the film of the book?
3. Where does all the guano go? And is it positive or negatively charged?
Sated sucker icon.
As soon the first thing any soldier/terrorist preparing a position will do - shoot anyhing resembling bats or birds.
Once this tech will become widely adopted by one army or another it will be easy to get hold of for everyone, terrorists or freedom fighters alike.
Re: "Give it a nice feminine voice..."
Here are some suggestions:
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