These BugBots did manage to do one thing. That is, to scare away enemies with their hypothetical drones. If one ever existed, it will never last more than a day. The smartphones we have today can’t last more then 24hrs without recharge. Impractical and unrealistic.
“We’re decades away from this technology for 2 reasons. 1. We don’t have the technology to make efficient batteries to power these bug sized bots. 2. It’s expensive to make anything that small and that powerful, and when they do make a battery good enough to power one of these for more than a couple minutes, there’s is almost no likelihood that any of the bots built will be retrieved for reuse.” – ACIRCLEOFFLIGHT
Air Force Bugbots Nano Drone video gives a peak inside what nano-drone technology the Federal Government is currently implementing within the united states more than a scary thought or sci-fi movie, they have arrived.
“While the video isn’t fantastic, the ideas are. The pigeon idea is brilliant. We already have drones that can fly for 15 minutes on a battery charge. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to get the pigeon to go 15 minutes on a charge too. And the first aerial drop from a plane would have a lot of potential energy from the elevation change, making an initial 30-45 minute flight doable. And when the batteries get low, just land it on a power wire and use inductive charging to bring the batteries back to full in an hour. The modest size of the pigeon would allow for an HD camera with zoom, audio, gps, gyroscope and radio transmitter, while not being so big that it is easily spotted.” – Larz