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Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, February 9, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, art and design, environment
"Spy Orang" (credit: PBS Nature, A Spy in the Wild)
The use of non-invasive camera traps and video "cams" have been used to document the existence of new species or monitor wildlife behavior around the world. Think of watching video feeds of peregrin falcons hatching and learning to fly; night-time infrared photos of rare jaguars or snow leopards walkind on a trail; or seeing wild orangutans build sleeping platforms to get the idea of the diversity for using these robotic devices. The "traps" have become a major technology for the conservation, monitoring, and protection of animals in the wild. Now an advance combining software programming, robotics, and miniaturized cameras has taken the monitoring concept to an entirely new level.
"Spy animals" (animatronics) is the subject of a new BBC documentary mini-series airing on PBS-Nature that was created from footage captured by the placement of robotic animals in field situations. The results are completely amazing, very entertaining, and show just how similar animal behaviors can be to our own. Your appreciation of wildlife will take on an entirely new meaning by watching the responses to these robot "spies".
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