I, for one, welcome our new buzzing robotic overlord hive-mind swarm

"Researchers at the University of Essex are using Linux and tiny embedded computer modules to build fleets of unmanned aircraft that fly in flocking formations like birds, while performing parallel, distributed computing tasks using Bluetooth-connected Linux clustering software. [...]

The Gridswarm branch will use model aerobatic trainers equipped with auto-pilot systems and capable of flying at speeds of 120mph. The UltraSwarm branch, meanwhile, will work on an 'indoor' version, based on small helicopters with co-axial rotors.

PhD candidate Renzo de Nardi recently completed a prototype UltraSwarm device, a craft the project believes to be the smallest flying web server in the world."

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22 Responses:

  1. bdu says:

    "smallest flying web server in the world."

    Hey, don't ask me, I just find a need and I fill it!

  2. rosefox says:

    Researchers at the University of Essex are using Linux and tiny embedded computer modules to build fleets of unmanned aircraft that fly in flocking formations like birds, while performing parallel, distributed computing tasks using Bluetooth-connected Linux clustering software.

    I need to go change my underwear now.

  3. georgedorn says:

    Now, if they could only recharge themselves.

    Solar? Nah, too boring.

    How about that power-from-blood thing the Japanese just came up with? They could be like vampire bats, refueling themselves by draining small yapping dogs and too-slow children!

  4. phoenixredux says:

    Another fine product from the Dept. of Answers to Unasked Questions.

  5. mysterc says:

    JWZ is my hero!

  6. mark242 says:

    (insert rebuilding your kernel joke here)

    Man, this stuff just writes itself.