Monday, November 23, 2009

Darpa Bugs Possibly Used For Surveillance On Subways

Photo on left: Possible Darpa Bug riding on 6 trian/NYC The Blog. Photo on right: Illustration of a Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (HI-MEMS)/Cornell University

Darpa Bugs, known as the Bugs of War, are all the rage these days. The Pentagon's Darpa website explains the program and the insects—officially referred to as a Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical System—thusly:
Developing tightly coupled machine-insect interfaces by placing micro-mechanical systems inside the insects during the early stages of metamorphosis.
Developed for use by the military for all kinds of weird, creepy reasons, it's possibly they are now being used by the NYPD for surveillance, as shown in the photo above, riding on the 6 train.

NYC The Blog got a close look at the fly, attempting to get a visual of any robotic parts, metal, or tiny cameras, and could not actually confirm the existence of any of that. The fly however, was not concerned at all by our presence, and seemed to be playing it extra cool. He did not fly away. It seemed really sketchy.

If it was not a Darpa Bug, they will surely become a common surveillance tool, so get used to them.
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