U.S. Army engineers are working on a mini aerial surveillance drone for troops working in challenging environments. Once deployed, the scifi-like device could allow soldiers to get a bird's-eye view of their immediate area, or scan the contents of a room as they clear a building.
Say hello to the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, a mobile surveillance robot that could soon be prowling malls, schools, and corporation foyers near you. Privacy groups are calling the California-built robot "R2-D2's evil twin."
The idea of drones flying above our heads and tracking our every move is a spooky prospect. Just last month the Federal Aviation Administration released its drone list, which freaked out the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU. While the general public has yet to make a big fuss over this, some Texas…