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National Geographic uses drones and robots to capture stunning images of African lions


National Geographic uses drones and robots to capture stunning images of African lions The Verge

After extensive trials and testing, Nichols and cinematographer Nathan Williamson sent a small, remote-controlled robot into the field to capture images from within inches of the lions. The camera-equipped "mini-tank" was manufactured by SuperDroid Robots, a North Carolina-based engineering company that specializes in bomb-defusing robotics. As the tank patrolled the ground, snapping the Vumbi pride from a bug’s-eye view, a German-made MikroKopter drone took to the skies, capturing aerial shots with an "off-the-shelf" Canon camera. Nichols and Williamson, meanwhile, were stationed in a customized Land Rover parked nearby, capturing wide shots from the floor of the car, and controlling the robot and drone remotely.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/9/4604876...

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This is amazing. I need a robot to take pictures of my cats while I'm away. What DO they do?

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