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As if autonomous swarming robots weren’t cool enough. SensorFly, a prototype from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, shows just how robust the current crop really is. Knock down one of these sensor-packed hovering whirlygigs and it reorients itself to take flight again in a matter of seconds. [via BotJunkie]

The SensorFly is a novel low-cost controlled-mobile aerial sensor networking platform. A flock of these 29g autonomous helicopter nodes with communication, ranging and collaborative path determination capabilities, can be extremely useful in sensing survivors after disasters or adversaries in urban combat scenarios.

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  1. s. says:

    Just replace the wheel with some sharp blades and you have Manhacks from Half-Life2.

    1. Maha says:

      .. and substitute a crowbar for that racket paddle.

  2. hatless in hattiesburg says:

    “Flynet becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, November 25th. In a panic, they try to swat the bugs. Flynet fights back…”