The Hummingbird Drone and Other Inventions

Check out Time Magazine’s November 28, 2011 issue – The Invention Issue which describes the 50 best inventions of the year.

A team of engineers led by Matt Keennon at AeroVirnonment has developed the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV), a tiny, tw0-winged surveillance prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The humming bird drone (to watch video click here) weighs less than one AA battery, can hover and rotate clockwise and counterclockwise, and can fly up to 17.7 km/h. Then there’s the Urban Photonic Sandtable Display, a holographic map created by Zebra Imaging for DARPA that shows buildings and terrain in full color and 3-D. The data will come from LIDAR systems like this ROAMS bot. And, Lytro’s Light Field camera captures the entire light field, recording each ray of light’s color, luminosity and vector direction. According to Time, the camera uses a series of algorithms that lets users refocus a picture after it’s been taken. Don’t miss this article!


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