If you follow any Penn publication, Twitter or Facebook page, or generally just exist, you’ve probably seen the swarm of media attention around the GRASP Lab’s nano quadrotors. This segment featured on NBC Philadelphia shows just how advanced the little machines have become. MEAM Professor Vijay Kumar explains their maneuverability allows them to do things like birds, but with greater precision (probably meaning increased accuracy of pooping directly on park benches, windshields and your head).
Companies are already considering the quadrotors’ potential as mobile cameras for novel uses such as searching for trapped victims in burning houses and inspecting buildings for structural damage. How about flying them up to a second-story bedroom window to spy on your crush? Because that’s not weird.