Courtesy of Scientific American: a robot dragonfly that flies for 3 minutes at about 5m/second and carries an onboard camera. someday soon it will be able to hover like a hummingbird and fly backwards. in the movies, robotic insects that have cameras are usually sort of sinister and creepy and climbing all over things to expose the hero to his nemesis – but this one seems so delicate and elegant that surely it will come solely to its programmer to put it to evil ends… sigh.
Farrah Bostic digs robotsWell, close enough. I like things that REMIND me of robots, including robots themselves, which are an obvious reminder. Robotic things, homages to robots, references to robots - those all work. But I also like rockets. And ray-guns. (Also, the sound the doors on the Enterprise make when they open and shut. Touch-screens. Video phones. My iPad.) Basically, the stuff that symbolizes what we used to think the future would look like. Some of it's here already, and I think that's pretty cool. Ok, that's enough.