Animals vs Electronics

It’s a still week here during IEEE Spectrum, so we wanted to give constant readers something fun to gnaw on. For an end-of-year treat, suffer this photo-video gathering of animals interacting with gadgets. 

With more electronic devices in a universe than ever before, domestic and furious animals can’t assistance though run adult opposite these strange-looking objects in their daily lives. And how they conflict to a device says a lot about how they understand it—as a form of food, a intensity threat, or a new friend. 


In 2016, IEEE Spectrum contributing editor Evan Ackerman reported that a Dutch National Police was training eagles to constraint cryptic drones in mid-air. A few weeks ago, he found out the module was cancelled, partly since “there only wasn’t a lot of direct for a anti-drone eagle squad.” 

Gif: Dutch National Police/Guard From Above/IEEE Spectrum


Earlier this year, Ackerman took his GoPro on a snorkeling outing in a Galapagos Islands. It contingency have looked flattering juicy to this sea lion.   

Gif: Evan Ackerman


In Indonesia, Ackerman prisoner this curious Komodo dragon, that uses a split tongue to smell, beating a camera.  

Gif: Evan Ackerman


The roboticists during Boston Dynamics denounced an autonomous organism named Spot in 2015. Here, a dauntless dog named Fido confronts Spot in a parking lot and refuses to concur any domain to a intruder.


In this video, a cat named Mochi meets the BB-8 Star Wars droid made by Sphero. Mochi is softly meddlesome and pats it a few times, that is unequivocally all we can ask of a cat.


However, as has been chronicled in many, many YouTube videos, cats do seem to adore to ride Roombas.

But because should cats have all a fun? This hedgehog has a possess set of wheels.


A extreme Pomeranian named Snuggles unequivocally does not trust remote controls, and wants to make that very, really clear.


When an elephant finds a camera sheltered as a rock, she picks it adult and brings it along for a stroll, capturing footage of her possess tusk. And when she drops it, a baby elephant grabs it and starts filming.    


Researchers done a hairy penguin corsair that could penetrate a waddle (or group) of penguins to investigate them adult close. The scientists found that using the penguin rover reduced highlight among a penguins compared to when tellurian researchers attempted to observe their function during tighten range.


People clearly suffer holding selfies and maybe animals do, too. This praying mantis positively seems to like a spotlight.

Photo: Dhyesley B. Gomes

And this cat named Manny has an Instagram account wholly clinging to a selfies it takes with a tellurian and animal friends. 

Photo: @yoremahm/Instagram

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