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Bugs Are In the Air

Last November, Jim reported on sightings of dragonfly-imitating spy robots at peaceful protests in Washington D.C.

What could these things be? One candidate: the Delfly, a miniature robotic surveillance device that looks like a dragonfly as it flies. These devices have cameras that send signals to a remote operator sitting at a computer. The Delfly was developed by a team in the Netherlands, at the Technical University of Delft.

The video below shows one of these devices in action – but keep in mind that the device shown in this video is the first public Delfly device. A second, smaller Delfly II has also been released, and the Delfly Micro, about a third of the size of the ornithopter seen in the video, has just become available.

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