Cute or Dangerous? Watch Out for Russia’s Remote-Controlled Spying Robot Rock

Russia’s spy rock / Screenshot via World Wide Video News on YouTube

Russian Air Force Academy cadets have reportedly developed a previously top secret new spy gadget for the Russian military. Forget drones, robot dogs or space gear. This new spy is a rock. Well, a robot rock to be precise.

This small robot rock is designed to hide in plain sight as it conducts its clandestine recon.

According to Jalopnik, “The small, remote-controlled creation has tank-like tracks, a cunning camouflage design and a host of cutting-edge surveillance tech.”

Video of the tiny, camouflaged spy rock shows it navigating grassy terrain on caterpillar wheels with a mini camera sticking out of its top.

The Moscow Times says the robot was created by Russian cadets “for positional warfare in conditions of sniper coverage.”

Jalopnik adds:

Packed with the latest technologic, the remote-control pebble has a motion sensor that, when triggered, will start up the added built-in cameras and microphones to snoop on your enemy’s secrets. The device also has a camouflage and rugged exterior, so there’s less chance of a short circuit if the robot’s internals get wet or damaged.

The pocket-sized robot also has a 24-hour passive battery life and comes with the ability to collect, process and transmit information for up to 15 hours. So at least this cutesy little robot can go a long time without being turned on / off.

Despite the surveillance tech being triggered by motion sensors, the robot does need to be controlled by a human after all. The controller is able to steer the robot into the best snooping positions around the world, as long as they are within 2 km (1.24 miles) of the device.

This covert little robotic device is easy to poke fun at. But if it’s just the first iteration of this rock-like robot, you can be sure that the next generation of this innovative snooping device will be much harder, better, faster, stronger. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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