The "COM-BAT".

"Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomimetic Advanced Technology"

"A six-inch long, quarter-pound robotic spy plane that could scavenge power from solar, wind and even vibration sources while monitoring the sights, sounds and smells of urban combat zones"

11 Responses:

  1. ultranurd says:

    It needs some kind of poisonous spike on the front, like the butterflies in A View to a Kill.

  2. schoschie says:

    It's an un-manned, remote-controlled Ornithopter!

  3. letters_in_sand says:

    this is what the bad guy in Toys wanted to do!

  4. giles says:

    Crystal bats fly!

  5. strathmeyer says:

    Vibration sources? Will it run on dilithium crystals?

    • strspn says:

      If it's designed to benefit from vibration, I wonder about the resolution of its optical imaging. I don't care how many million pixels it has if they are each smeared over the field.

  6. relaxing says:

    If there's one thing our recon data is missing, it's the smells of urban combat zones.

  7. solarbird says:

    I think they stole the head design from the Lost in Space robot.

  8. ammutbite says:

    I love the smell of napalm in the morning. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory.

  9. baconmonkey says:

    Urban Combat, yum yum.

  10. mcity says:

    That article doesn't mention it, but it's sponsored by the R&D division of Wayne Industries.