A newspaper clip arrived in the mail from a friend. The headline: Spy Drone A ‘Hummer’.
It was a shortened take on a Los Angeles Times piece from earlier this month about a robotic hummingbird equipped with a camera that Pentagon researchers have developed for covert surveillance.
We’re certain a lot of you look forward to the return of the ruby-throated hummingbirds sometime in late April or early May, so we thought we’d share this piece with you in case you hadn’t heard.
According to the report, the Pentagon figures the pocket-size device, flapping wings and all, someday will be flying through windows or perching on power lines to observe whatever it is the Pentagon is wanting to see.
The Nano Hummingbird, as it’s called, weighs 19 grams — that’s less than an AA battery — and can hover over a target or fly up to 11 mph.
This isn’t the end of the Pentagon’s plans. Because the hummingbird isn’t particularly common in urban settings, the next prototype likely will be a sparrow.
Click here to see a video of the Nano Hummingbird.
Click here to read the entire Los Angeles Times article.