back to article You're drinking morning coffee in 2019. These eggheads are in 2119 landing drones on their arms like robo-falconers

Have you ever wanted to land a drone on your arm as if the gizmo were some sort of metallic bird of prey? Well, if so, you’re in luck. Sort of. Enter the SwarmCloak... which may as well be called the SwarmDinnerPlate. Or the SwarmGardenGlassTopTable. It's a glass landing pad that can be worn on the arm or hands. Inside are a …

  1. Rich 11


    "In this case, the swarm, which is capable of tactile interaction with a user in VR, might represent the skeleton structure of the human body flying in the air. This may bring a new level of immersion of VR communication and teleconferencing."

    On the one hand these sound like spurious excuses for a few engineers to play with new toys and pretend there's some practical use, but on the other hand I'd be happy to see almost anything that would liven up yet another ball-achingly dull teleconference.

    1. joeW

      Re: Hmm...

      And on each hand, a tiny hunter-killer drone.

      1. iron Silver badge

        Re: Hmm...

        They would be very useful to destroy any presenter who reads out the bullet points on thier slides or has more than 5 slides. Admitedly that is 99% of presenters.

    2. ArrZarr Silver badge

      Re: Hmm...

      It looks like they saw Spider-Man: Far From Home and wanted a slice of the action when Mysterio happens for real to me.

    3. spold

      Re: Hmm...

      Yes indeed.

      >>> Have you ever wanted to land a drone on your arm as if the gizmo were some sort of metallic bird of prey?<<<

      For extra reality it/they will fly off with you and eat you. Possibly feeding you to its baby capacitors.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmm...

      At their age it's more likely that it's an excuse to go up to the roof and masturbate while having sex in the... cloud.

  2. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

    I want what these guys are smoking to come up with those use cases.

  3. Tascam Holiday

    At last!

    How long have I waited for a strong impact on the human-swarm interaction? Now it's here.

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      Re: At last!

      When I want to make a strong impact on the human-swarm interaction I use a roll-on but I understand others prefer sprays.

  4. 0laf

    If you've read any of Neal Asher's book you might be seeing the begining of the evolution of the Shuriken

    1. Chris G

      It may be time for a new superhero/villain, Swarmguy, controlling and launching millions of nanodrones to save/dedtroy the World.

      1. 0laf

        Wasn't that the plot of Big Hero6?

  5. John Jennings

    with those big glass plates on my hands, I have the perfect too to bat the little fekkers away.

    Also - have you seen how long a microdrone runs for? Max fly time is about 5 minutes. They cant stay in the air if they get a little fluff on them- never mind poison darts or kinetics. Evil super villain technology its not.

    They do nip a bit if you grab one out of the air from above, though!

    1. xeroks

      guess the next step is to include instant recharge facilities on those landing pads

  6. jake Silver badge

    I believe the phrase many of us are reaching for is ...

    ... Ohhh-kayyy. Moving on ...

    1. Joe W Silver badge

      Re: I believe the phrase many of us are reaching for is ...

      For me it was "is it Friday already?"

  7. ThatOne Silver badge


    After careful consideration I'll keep my 2019 morning coffee.

  8. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    Nobody's seeing a use for this?

    I won't go into details, but I will not be surprised if they make an appearance in the next James Bond movie...

    1. Muscleguy Silver badge

      Re: Nobody's seeing a use for this?

      Ah Mr Bond you see we have strapped these things to the vulnerable parts of your body and we will soon release the buzzsaw swarm into the room. Try not to bleed too much, there's a good chap.

  9. Blackjack Silver badge


    How long until someone loses an arm?

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge


      "a strong impact on the human-swarm interaction" is something I am looking forward to see in a horror movie.

  10. Stevie


    So scientists *can't* make a flying car or rocketboots with an altimeter in the heel, but they *can* waste hours making a virtual simulation of them?

    What else is new?


    1. Muscleguy Silver badge

      Re: Bah!

      The problem of course is not with the rocketboots but the fact that wearers insist on wearing their underpants outside of their pants and capes. We all know why capes are a bad thing when flying.

      1. GrahamRJ

        Re: Bah!

        That's not a problem, that's a well thought-out solution. Big scary monsters, being flung into buildings and stuff like that are all likely to lead to, well, "unintended release". So you need a spare pair. But where to keep them? The average hero's costume doesn't have pockets, and they can't put the second pair on over the first pair otherwise they'll be a mess too. So the hero puts his spare pair on over the top of his suit (which is latex and hence waterproof). And as a bonus, if the suit rips at the back when he bends over, then he's got something covering it already. Job done.

  11. Happy Ranter

    Have you any idea how much sleep I have lost waiting for this?

    >.< that much! The little tiny dot between > and <.

    In fact, it's taken me more time to explain how much sleep I have lost than the actual amount of sleep I have lost waiting for someone to invent this

  12. Aussie Doc


    I'm just jealous that somebody received funding for this sort of project.

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