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Sporkman
April 20th, 2009, 05:36 PM
http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20090419/Picture_3_270x126.png

Don't confuse this with what the hucksters are flogging at your local mall. This 15-gram "nano" copter goes where it's told and back again, indoor or out.

Prox Dynamics of Asker, Norway, has developed what it says may be one of the world's smallest unmanned helicopters. Now on its fifth prototype, the PD-100 Black Hornet has achieved a major milestone this month after successfully completing its first outdoor flight test. It's quiet, too. The sound from the helicopter was inaudible at three yards over ambient noise, according to the company...

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13639_3-10222885-42.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

Npl
April 20th, 2009, 05:42 PM
so whats the intended use for that?
Deploying killer-ant armies?

Paqman
April 20th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Hmm, not really going to make a splash turning up at parties in that though, are ya?

mips
April 20th, 2009, 05:54 PM
This 15-gram "nano" copter goes where it's told and back again, indoor or out.

As long as all fans are off and there's no breeze outside ;)

aaaantoine
April 20th, 2009, 06:22 PM
so whats the intended use for that?
Deploying killer-ant armies?

Portable video cameras, to be flown about by paparazzi, the media, or police.

Reminds me of a science fiction story I started writing...