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Swarms of tiny intelligent drones with cameras -- what could go wrong?

May 11, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
flying_3d_eyebots.pngMay 10, 2012 by Amara D. Angelica via -- Are you ready for Eye-Bots -- flying smarms of intelligent drones that zoom in and track everything going on?

Yo boy, this one's gonna make them spyder bots in Minority Report and Big-Brother TV sets in 1984 look positively user-friendly.

A flock of flying robots rises slowly into the air with a loud buzzing noise. They perform an intricate dance in the sky above the seething hordes of soccer fans. Only the swarm of flying drones can maintain an overview of the escalating situation....

This ultimate aerial surveillance scheme was dreamed up by the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems in Germany.

These are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed as mini-helicopters with a wingspan of around two meters, and intended for police, crisis managers -- an ultimately, the dreaded TSA, one imagines.

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