Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water...

A robot shark spy drone might have previously seemed too outlandish even to be included in the villain's lair scene in a Bond movie -- but fear not! -- because the US Navy now has one, so celluloid glory can't be far behind.

The "GhostSwimmer" underwater drone is nearly 5 feet long and weighs 100 pounds. It looks and swims like a shark and can dive to 300 feet or prowl along menacingly with its fin out in shallow water. Buzz 60 News has some video of the remarkably realistic-looking remote vehicle so you can get the picture:

The Navy is experimenting to see if it can be used for intelligence-gathering missions.

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So is there a communications angle? Well, maybe, just maybe the little devils could be used for undersea cable maintainence at some point down the line. (See Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet.)

Mostly though, I just can't wait to see one in a movie. It will need a laser on its head, naturally...

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

KBode 12/18/2014 | 8:48:27 AM
Sharks... Shark-based mesh networks?

She makes a good point about the fact it's not going to be great for surveillance if they're posting videos of it in action on the Internet.
mendyk 12/18/2014 | 1:41:51 PM
Re: Sharks... Dan is now working on a first-draft screenplay for Sharknado 4: Attack of the Drones. He will insist that it be shot in 4K 3D.
DanJones 12/18/2014 | 2:12:37 PM
Re: Sharks... Shhhhhhhhh!
mhhf1ve 12/18/2014 | 8:01:58 PM
Re: Sharks... These shark-drones were released publicly so that no one will suspect the octopus and killer whale drones that are ACTUALLY going to be put into use... :P
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