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Tiny robot plane flies indoors, transmits data

Marc Perton
08.18.05
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We've seen our share of tiny reconnaissance robots, but it looks like there might be a new challenger for the title of world's most advanced. Swiss researchers have demonstrated a flying bot with an 31-inch wingspan and a weight of just 1 ounce, that can fly indoors, avoiding walls and other objects via its onboard cameras. The robot plane has gyroscopic stabilizers and a Bluetooth transmitter to send data back to a nearby computer. And, yes, we really, really, want one, but we're willing to wait for the next version, which will have a wingspan half the size and weigh just under half an ounce. Should fit perfectly under our jacket when we're touring the research lab on our next trip to Lausanne.

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