Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's number one supplier, is developing nano air vehicles (NAVs), that resemble the seed of a silver maple.
The single-winged device would pack a tiny two-stage rocket thruster along with telemetry, communications, navigation, imaging sensors and a power source. It is designed to carry interchangeable payload modules -- the size of an aspirin tablet. It could be used for chemical and biological detection or finding a "needle in a haystack." Released in organized swarms to fly low over a disaster area, the NAV sensors could detect human body heat and signs of breathing.
Wow, are we living in the future or what? Little flying reconnaissance seeds. You know, I went skinny dipping in the river the other day, and I was wondering where the hell all the damn maple seeds came from. Now I know. Suffice it to say the government found the penis of mass destruction they've been looking for.
Pentagon Funds Maple Seed Camera Project [therawfeed]