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The Insectothopter: The CIA's dragonfly spy drone from the 1970s

During the 1970s, the CIA experimented with a tiny spy drone called the insectothopter as a discreet way of collecting audio intelligence.

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The Secret World of Dragonflies | Short Film Showcase

The colorful, acrobatic dragonfly may seem familiar, but this stunning macro film reveals the mysteries behind its metamorphic life cycle—and some surprising adaptations.
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INCREDIBLE Robot Dragonfly! | Earth Unplugged

Slow motion shows off this incredible dragonfly robot that really flies! Enjoy these BionicOpters dragonflies!

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The Robot Dragonfly

Dragonfly Program has begun, be the first to support the development initiative.
Dream of a palm-sized robot that can fly like a bird and hover like a helicopter. Designed for Aerial Photography, Advanced Gaming, R&D, Security. Find out more!


Our thanks to all the supporters for making possible Indiegogo's biggest campaign and the only Indiegogo Campaign to cross $250,000! Unfortunate that Indiegogo and PayPal didn't release funds for the project for over a year, damaging the project but the supporters and campaign owners kept the effort going despite hardships from Indiegogo!
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Scientists turned a dragonfly into a drone

Drones are good. But at a certain point it's hard to make them really small. Scientists figured out a way, though: take a dragonfly and drone-ify it. DragonflyEye is a tiny cyborg dragonfly drone. It's a genetically modified dragonfly with a tiny electronic backpack.

Blender Sci-Fi: Robotic Dragonfly

7th episode of the series Blender Sci-Fi: a little, futuristic flying drone.
Modeled and rendered in Blender 2.70 + Cycles.
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Festo - BionicOpter

With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.

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Mit dem BionicCopter hat Festo die hochkomplexen Flugeigenschaften der Libelle technisch umgesetzt. Wie sein natürliches Vorbild kann das ultraleichte Flugobjekt in alle Raumrichtungen manövrieren, auf der Stelle fliegen und ganz ohne Flügelschlag segeln.

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Robot Dragonfly

Wowee's Flytech Dragonfly robot, first flight. Verdict: Cats friggin love it.

Insect-sized robot takes flight: RoboBee X-Wing

For years, scientists have wanted to create flying robotic vehicles the size of insects. The tricky bit has been building something that can produce enough thrust while still being light enough to fly, without being tethered to an external power source. Now, a group of researchers have hit on a new design. At half the weight of a paper clip, 'RoboBee X-wing' has achieved untethered flight using ultra-lightweight solar cells, powering piezoelectric actuators, via a stripped down circuit board. This technology is in its infancy, but could pave the way for a new generation of miniature drones. Researchers hope these insect-bots could manoeuvre around much more cramped spaces than conventional, larger drones, potentially helping with environmental and disaster monitoring.

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Assemble Robot Jurassic Dragonfly | Eftsei Gaming

Welcome to the Robot Jurassic series game. This time, you would create a huge toy robot Dragonfly in the robot factory! Before the dinosaurs appeared, there were huge insects living on the earth, such as the dragonfly. The oxygen concentration is very high in the ancient earth, which makes a lot of animals have very large size. The width of the ancient dragonfly can reach 1 meters. Assemble your toy robot Dragonfly, join the robot war! Good luck!

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Dragonfly Robot at CMU

During the Mobot competition of the 2007 Spring Carnival at Carnegie Mellon University, a Dragonfly robot was presented.

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Investigating the Secrets of Dragonfly Flight

The flight capabilities of flexible-winged insects are the subject of Professor Haibo Dong's research in the Flow Simulation Research Group at the University of Virginia. His team uses high speed video cameras and advanced computational systems to build 3-dimensional models of flying insects and the vortex structure of airflows created by their flight. The project's goal is to improve the design of small flying robots.

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Robotic Dragonfly Selected to Fly Across Titan

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Unboxing Google Robot: Dragonfly enabled version

An actual Google Humanoid may be science fiction, but a system that watches your every move isn't.

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my bro got a robotic dragonfly we were messing around....part 2 was 2 long so there is just one vid=[

In the 1970s, the CIA Created a Robot Dragonfly, What would a similar CIA drone look like in 2020?

In the 1970s, the CIA Created a Robot Dragonfly Spy. Now We Know How It Works.
While the original insectothopter never succeeded, Adkins and his team stumbled upon a stable platform for future insect robotics. What would a similar CIA drone look like in 2020? Who knows? Of course that remains classified.

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