back to article Drones with freakin' CLAWS grab objects like eagles

Is there such a thing as learning too many lessons from nature? If you find the exploits of quad-copter researchers spooky, don't watch the very latest video demonstration from the University of Pennsylvania's aptly-named GRASP laboratory. Looking at how raptors like sea-eagles can catch fish without losing control or crashing, …

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I was going to post a comment

But some bastard buzzy thing stole my mouse!

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Re: I was going to post a comment

Did you mean "some buzzard buzzy thing..." ?

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Happy

Re: I was going to post a comment

Or even "some bustard buzzy thing ...." ?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: I was going to post a comment

or "some Bussard buzzy thing" - damn EM fields wiped everything else out! And BOY was it moving!

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New market for baby carriages.

This takes "baby snatching" to a whole new level.

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MrT
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You'll know things have gone too far...

...when it swoops down, grabs the controller from the operator and flies itself to freedom.

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Re: You'll know things have gone too far...

a 12-bore at the ready will sort that quickly enough.

PULL!

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Big Brother

Greg Egan had one of those in "Distress"

Snapped up a protestor in the street, broke all his bones, then let him drop again pour encourager les autres.

Autonomy is not needed, we just need Mr. Copper on his anonymous terminal.

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Black Helicopters

I for one

welcome our new talon-armed droid overlords.

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It's the yoinkbot 9000!

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Imagine what a full size drone could do

Abduct an evil dictator while he's still being driven in his armoured car and bring him in for "negotiations", or definately not torture.

Or grab a useless "celebrity" off the street and drop him/her by "accident".

If you've played the Android game Grabatron you'll know exactly what kind of fun you can have! :-)

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Happy

Re: Imagine what a full size drone could do

'Or grab a useless "celebrity" off the street and drop him/her by "accident".'

You should start a kickstarter campaign!

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Re: Imagine what a full size drone could do

"Abduct an evil dictator while he's still being driven in his armoured car..."

I'd say start small, we could get through the entire Senate and make a good dent in the House of Reps before the D.C. police caught on.

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Re: Imagine what a full size drone could do

why bother with dropping by accident? Why bothering with talons in the first place? Just make one attempt a touch down on the abovementioned celeb, job done.

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Coat

Re: grab a useless "celebrity"

You could dress the whole thing up as a, um, talon show. Call it something like The X Raptor.

Ok, ok, I'm going.

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Happy

Re: Imagine what a full size drone could do

Life mirrors art - drone engineers watched the eagles throwing orcs off of cliffs in LOTRs, and thought "why can't we do that, and sell them to the US army?"

As with eagles & orcs, maximum operational efficiency is where you don't have to lift the enemy very far before dropping them, so best used in battles close to cliffs.

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Warning

All your grab-thing are belong to us

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Pirate

Yarr, we'll be taken the booty and the baby wearing it.

So now we have to worry about quadcopters stealing our babies?

...You know, if we had babies?

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Devil

Or you could use these things...

to steal other people's tech! Yeah, that'll be the ticket!

Get yours soon before there's a talon-gap.

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WTF?

New way to go fishing?

Otherwise what is the point?

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Happy

That might actually make me join in

For me fishing always seemed boring, unless when using the "nutting the salmon" technique proposed by Billy Connolly (it involves a crash helmet).

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Terminator

RoTM action.

Easily defeatable.

If one of these ever becomes sentient and causes difficulty, simply take it to the nearest UFO catcher machine and give it a bucket of quarters.

It'll be suicidal within an hour.

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Coincidence?

Friday: Recieve Raspberry Pi

Monday: Read about talon-welding 'copter

All I need now is the xbox controller and some Lego Technics, and I have the *perfect* Pi project.

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Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson Reports: The Great Drone Debate - YouTube

Domestic drone usage is ill-conceived, elitist, and end-runs our inherent Constitutional protections.

Here are two (2), very well-produced, videos that anchor my points:

Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson’s ‘The Great Drone Debate’, featuring US Senator John Thune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao

Here’s a mind-blowing, well-done animated short that really captures our collective angst that if the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then domestic drones are a superhighway to an Orwellian panoptic gulag.

http://vimeo.com/59689349

For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS “tagging” of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through “data fusion centers.”

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

America’s promise has always been the power of the many to rule, instead of the one. Ungoverned drone usage, particularly domestically, gives power to the one.

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Re: Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson Reports: The Great Drone Debate - YouTube

f* it...I'm still building one anyway, using a Raspberry Pi, 3G dongle, google maps, proximity and altitude sensors and death ray camera pretty flowers.

But not being a US citizen, I guess I won't have to worry about the constitutional impact of this.

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Re: Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson Reports: The Great Drone Debate - YouTube

I'll think you'll find anyone who uses a Pi/ardrone or similar in the States will find themselves automatically reclassified as an "armed militia" and dealt with accordingly.

Only the Gubermint can own Grab-drones with impunity.

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Grabs objects like eagle

I couldn't see the video- work firewall- was any of the objects it was pictured grabbing actually like an eagle? If not I feel the product is not living up to claims.

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I agree. I wanted to see a drone going up into the sky and aggressively grabbing eagles in flight.

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What kind of dexterity go these things have?

Could one of these robots be programmed to harvest certain objects? Maybe anything about the size of a wallet or a credit card? Could one one yank a slip of paper say, out of someone's hand?

These robots could be the next weapon in the fight against street litter.

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Re: What kind of dexterity go these things have?

they can be used to courier drugs

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I for one...

welcome our small grasping overlords.

(sounds like a toddler so I'm right on two counts)

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Do I not remember ... ?

Hawk the Birdman in Buck Rogers not having a ship that did this?

<Engage Yorkshire Accent> Consult t'Wiki ...

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Black Helicopters

Grams...

... Ride of the Valkyrie...!

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Devil

Build a big one....

And use it to steal cars!!

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Re: Build a big one....

Think of something like this attached to a MV-22 Osprey. The name even fits... AWESOME!

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