Future drones will stalk you from walls ceilings and trees

May 16, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Future drones will stalk you from walls ceilings and trees

May 16, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Its nice to have a drone that can take photos and videos. What could be more fun that taking photos of people on the beach from high above or assaulting drone pilots out for the sake of privacy. I don’t see where this can go wrong. In fact drone shooting privacy is such a concern that governments are putting regulations in place for keeping your privacy private.  But, at least you can hear a drone when it is approaching so you can stop doing whatever private business you want off camera, right?

Well, not for long. Researchers at Stanford University have created a spider drone, a drone that can perch on walls and ceilings just like a small flying spider, and just like the spider, the drone can stay very silent, “killing” the motors and only keeping the camera on while it perches.

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The drones get their perching ability by adapting a gripping system from a previously made spider drone – SCAMP – a drone that can climb walls (see below). THe adaptation includes an “…opposed grip strategy [which] works by dragging two sets of microspines—hardened steel spikes on a special suspension— along a surface in opposite directions“. Hao, the inventor explains:

the opposed-grip strategy for microspines is just like a human hand grasping a bottle of water, except that while humans require some macroscopic curvature to get our fingers around both sides of an object, the microspines can go deep into the micro-features of a rough surface and latch on those tiny bumps and pits

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Surprisingly, it is easier to perch on ceilings, as the drone is already aligned with the surface.

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This new ability gives drones a huge set of new features, like stealth, and the ability to operate a camera for significantly longer time as motors will not tap ito the battery.

SCAMP (where this idea hatched):

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So, you no longer have to wish ti be a fly on someones wall, you can just get one of them Perching drones.

[ieee.org via gizmodo]

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2 responses to “Future drones will stalk you from walls ceilings and trees”

  1. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    These would be more dangerous then normal drones since once perched they are silent. While I do see tons of valid uses I also can imagine just as many “nefarious” uses. LOL. But like a hammer…used properly it’s very useful, but in the wrong hands it’s a weapon. But we don’t go outlawing hammers now do we?

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    david

    Very informative. Thanks