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At Mind Matters News: Machine uses live hawk moth antenna for smell detection

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Human-created sensors are not sensitive, fast, or discerning enough to identify and process smells in the danger zones for which the Smellicopter was designed. While the machine worked quite well with moth antennae, it was tested only on floral scents.

Getting a moth antenna to seek anything else may be the challenge.

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2 Replies to “At Mind Matters News: Machine uses live hawk moth antenna for smell detection

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    martin_r says:

    if you look at this smellicopter, it is clear (even to layman like Seversky), that the moth’s antenna is the most advanced part of this system :)))))) It is funny to see how human engineers use that bad design directly, because the design is so sooo bad, that they struggle to replicate/revers engineer it :))))

    One more note regarding this girl engineer:

    I like her optimism. In the video she said, that in the future, such a drone can find gas leakage etc. Yes, but that drone has a very limited time for this task, because of poor battery life. Human engineering is a child play compared to God’s work.

    PS: don’t get me wrong, this girl is a very clever and experienced engineer, but also this smellicopter perfectly illustrates that Darwinism theory of evolution is a scam and absurd idea, no wonder that this theory was developed in 19th century when people knew nothing … No wonder that this theory was developed by people who had no idea about engineering (even in 19th century).

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    relatd says:

    The novelty here is using the live hawk moth antenna. This configuration would be useless in the field. Sensors could be deployed around any area and could radio their findings to a command station. They would have batteries with longer duration since flying would not be needed. The device pictured is just proof of concept. Also, the turning blades of the helicopter could inhibit accurate readings.

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