Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer FKIE institute are building first responder drones that could track people by their screams.

While it’s easy to imagine human-seeking drones in a sci-fi horror movie, Varela says the gadget would be ideal for post-disaster scenarios, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires. They could hover over an area that rescue crews have difficulty getting to and pinpoint where people may be trapped.

Check It Out: Future Drones Could Hunt You By Your Screams

3 Comments Add a comment

  1. joe_u

    Isn’t it better to say “Drones rescue you by recognizing your voice crying for help”? Using hunting down and screaming implies the drones are tracking you down for extermination. Maybe that’s possible as well!

  2. W. Abdullah Brooks, MD

    Andrew:

    This is a fascinating bit of tech that has been in the works for awhile. As you’ve pointed out, the intent is not to make you scream, or take you out if you do (the dystopic model), but to find persons trapped, for example under snow or rubble following a disaster, who are using their voices to call for help.

    An upgraded version of this technology would be to use scent (think of a bloodhound on steroids) to detect living vs deceased humans, as well as infrared and bio electrical activity (eg your heartbeat), and ultrasonic substructural discontinuity (eg snow or concrete or mud vs flesh).

    Scanning for life forms. Chekov and Data would approve.

Add a Comment

Log in to comment (TMO, Twitter, Facebook) or Register for a TMO Account