When we did our Alex Rider contest, one of the kids proposed a tiny spy cam built into a faux maple leaf one could launch with a slingshot. We thought it was a clever idea. Some researchers at the University of Maryland’s Dept. of Aerospace Engineering were similarly inspired by samara seed pods and created the RoboSeed.

X-Naves Flyer

4 thoughts on “Maple seed-inspired flying vehicle

  1. Nice work. I have spent many a childhood hour throwing Billions (OK…a bunch..:) of maple tree helicopters.

    44.594986,-72.866617 Right here, according to Google Maps.

  2. You know… I’ll bet if you could have its camera synchronize with its spinning you could have it take one picture per revolution and get a stable image of the same spot each time.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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