May 4, 2008

Robobug goes to war: Troops to use electronic insects to spot enemy 'by end of the year'

British defence giant BAE Systems is creating a series of tiny electronic spiders, insects and snakes that could become the eyes and ears of soldiers on the battlefield, helping to save thousands of lives.

Prototypes could be on the front line by the end of the year, scuttling into potential danger areas such as booby-trapped buildings or enemy hideouts to relay images back to troops safely positioned nearby.

And undoubtedly in the near future they will be "scuttling" about in non-danger areas from the workplaces, to the shopping places, to the private lives of everyday citizens. It's only a matter of time.

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