Danger Room: iRobot Founder Now Building Tiny, Hovering Drone Spies

03.12.12

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by ROBERT BECKHUSEN

Four years ago, iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner stepped down from the company she helped turn into an all-important supplier of the military’s growing arsenal of ground robots. Now today, she’s unveiled the first ‘bots to roll off her new company’s assembly line. What are they? Teeny tiny hovering drones, designed to fly through your window and spy on you.

That’s just one of two robots revealed so far from Massachusetts company CyPhy Works, founded by Greiner after leaving iRobot. We’ve also now got a sense of what Greiner’s been developing for the past couple of years.

The first is Ease, or “Extreme Access System for Entry.” Really, it’s a tiny hover-bot designed for “intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.” And it’s small enough — it only has a one-foot diameter and a height of 16 inches from top to bottom — to fly through windows and maneuver through buildings with its ducted fan engine. In a video released by the company, the Ease can be seen hovering through an abandoned-looking building to a psychedelic funk soundtrack. It can also theoretically stay in the air forever.

Read the rest at Danger Room.

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One Response to “Danger Room: iRobot Founder Now Building Tiny, Hovering Drone Spies”

  1. mzungu says:

    Let me guess, the sound track is to cover up the amount of noise this drone makes.

    It just might manage to kill the terrorist by boring them to death, if those Al Qaeda can’t find a fly swatter handy.

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