February 10, 2012
KAERI lab develops semi-autonomous bird-scaring rover
Those pumpkin-headed straw –bodied scarecrows have been continually failing at doing their jobs right at airport terminals, and according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, about 400 people have died as a result of bird strikes since 2003, while 420 aircraft have been damaged. Now, to keep them feathered friends away from our winged machines, the robotics lab at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has come up with a technologically advanced scarecrow. Essentially a rover called the Airport Birdstrike Prevention System, this contraction sports speakers that blast out a bunch of bird-scaring sounds at a 100 decibels. These keep the birds away from airstrips and runways with the sound being emitted to ranges up to 300 kilometers. This semi-autonomous bird-scarer could pretty much help save lives of both, humankind as well as birds alike!