A few months ago, we heard rumors that Google was planning something big in robotics. We also heard that Andy Rubin, the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android at Google, was leading this new robotics effort at the company.
The latest in offering in robo-dragonflies, however, is the first that a) can be controlled with a smartphone and b) looks ready to be owned right now. The BionicOpter was created by robotics company Festo and like the Georgia Tech version is outfitted with sensors and wireless communication technology that allows it to continuously transmit data that it is collecting.
This is a military grade pursuit robot, it is designed to chase hostiles and take them down. This robot is just a concept right now, but may be possible very soon. In fact, a robotics company in Boston has been hired by the U.S. Military to build this robot.