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You're Gonna Need Electric Bug Spray in the Future

The HAMR3 Microrobot.
Anyone who has seen any kind of spy movie will be familiar with electronic bugs. Electronic listening and tracking devices hidden out of sight of unsuspecting victims.

Robotic scientists are taking the concept to a whole new level by creating actual robotic bugs that run around much like the average cockroach and equally as small.

As reported by Mashable, Tiny Robots Act Like Bugs, these tiny bug-like critters are being developed by Scientists at Harvard, who have spent the past five years building robot bugs that can move with the same dexterity and speed as real-life insects.

The goal, according to Harvard Microbiotics Lab, is to "create high-performance aerial and ambulatory microrobots," which can perform tasks such as "search and rescue operations, assisted agriculture, environmental monitoring, and exploration of hazardous environments."

Check out Mashable's video report embeded below to see some of the microrobots (known as HAMRs - Harvard Ambulatory Microrobots) in action.



Of course I know better than to fall for these critters being developed purely to aid humanity. Any robot with a name like HAMR is destined to join the imminent robot uprising, or at least will be doing the bidding of some totalitarian future government regime like those spider-bot thingies in Minority Report.

Spider-bots in Minority Report.
Hopefully some scientist somewhere is working on Electric Bug Spray so that I don't wake up some day with little HAMRs scanning my eyeball whether I want them to or not.


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