June 13, 2005
Whirly-Net

Ron gets a small flying no-prize for bringing us news of an interesting development in distributed computing:

Scientists have used off-the-shelf hardware to build the smallest flying Web server a helicopter that can serve up a Web page over a wireless network.

The 2.5-ounce Ultraswarm vehicle represents the first in a group of flying computers that will one day combine swarm intelligence the ability to maneuver like a flock of birds and wireless computing to process information the way cluster-based supercomputers do.

As noted, off-the-shelf tends to mean pretty-damned-cheap, so it's just possible this is more than vaporware and could end up being affordable. But since the guy's current record is a single helicopter flying for just a few minutes, it would seem he has a long way to go.

Posted by scott at June 13, 2005 01:50 PM

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That and imagine the lawsuit that hits when one of them goes bad and takes out an employee. Ouch. However, it'd be fun to sit in the office and see who has the most 'copters flying over their desk. And then go see how much pr0n they've just downloaded...

Posted by: ronaprhys on June 13, 2005 02:10 PM
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