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Comments on Eye-bot Lands On Your Ceiling
Yes, look up - what's that? A ceiling fan you didn't know you had? No, it's a surveillance drone with excellent autonomous capabilities. With video. Smile for the camera! (Read the complete story)

"It's also a pretty good match for the floater camera used in Michael Crichton's 1985 film Runaway, which showcases a number of innovative technological ideas.


(Top view of the floater camera)

In the movie, the device can fly both outside and indoors; in the film, it is used in a hostage situation. Read more about the floater camera; don't miss the cool in-dash video screen and controller for the device."
(Bill Christensen 8/21/2009 9:03:08 AM)

"That thing's not gonna sneak up on anybody with that incredibly loud motor; techno-spies will have to wait for the quieter model."
(hallucination 8/22/2009 11:01:12 AM)
"I was kind of thinking about that myself - but if it perches on the ceiling before you get there, it can wait until you leave to buzz off."
(Bill Christensen 8/22/2009 11:04:56 AM)
"On the other hand, if you got the buzzing noise down, you might mistake it for an insect noise. As is the case with the Raymond Z. Gallun's scarab beetle robot:
'The Scarab rubbed its hind legs together, as flies will do when at rest. Then, apparently satisfied that it was in condition, it unfolded the coleoptera-like plates over its wings. With a buzz that any uninformed person would have mistaken for that of a beetle, it started out on its journey.'"
(Bill Christensen 8/25/2009 1:46:12 PM)

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