Ten weirdest robots from this year's AUVSI show

Popular Science has a fun slideshow of weird drones and other robots at the AUVSI show a couple weeks ago. Above, a really cool "pop-up drone":

Created by Bird Aerospace, the Bird's Eye drone comes in a launch cylinder that fires it 300 feet into the air, where it self-assembles and then flies for up to three hours. Whoa.

Its full range is over 40 miles, though it can only stream high-definition video back to a pilot from 20 or fewer miles away. Images from the flight can also be stored on board, and collected from an SD card in the drone is retrieved. It also has a Styrofoam body like the Skate, and it too launches quickly enough to be useful to soldiers on the battlefield.

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Comment by Jack Crossfire on August 30, 2013 at 9:13pm

A ballistic UAV has always been a fascination, but maybe a pocket size paraglider or a monocopter launched by a water bottle.  It would give an instant panorama from altitude.

Comment by John G. on August 31, 2013 at 9:09pm
that looks like a cut up Ritewing ZII

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