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LesPalenik

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Beetle camera
« on: July 16, 2020, 09:31:32 pm »

An alternative to a drone with all the complicated rules for pilot license is a tiny remotely controlled camera on the back of a beetle.



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Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a tiny camera that can ride aboard a beetle, offering us a distinct and new view of the world. The lightweight wireless camera can stream video to a connected smartphone at 1 to 5 frames per second and can even pivot up to 60 degrees.

The small camera, which has been used in the real world on Pinacante and death-feigning beetles, records black-and-white images and can even be used in very low light. While an impressive achievement, the specs of the camera itself are nothing to write home about. The monochrome camera streams images that are 160 x 120 pixels.

The device communicates with a smartphone via Bluetooth from up to 120 meters away. In addition to viewing footage, researchers can also remotely control the mechanical arm attached to the camera via an electrical charge. When a high voltage is applied, the material used for the arm bends to the desired position. After the voltage is reduced or altogether removed, the arm will relax back to its original position, like how a human can only keep their head turned for a limited amount of time before needing to return to a natural resting position.

https://www.dpreview.com/news/2958622086/researchers-craft-tiny-wireless-camera-that-can-be-attached-to-beetles
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Re: Beetle camera
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2020, 02:56:25 pm »

Just what we all need!

But the beetle probably costs extra.  ;)
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