The BeetleCam Project

Created by brothers Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas, they hoped this would allow them to get close to dangerous or shy African wildlife without putting themselves at risk.

Unfortunately for the newly christened “BeetleCam,” small, adorable robots and wild animals don’t always mix. Just ask the elephants the brothers sneaked up on:

We thought that Elephants would be an easy subject for BeetleCam’s first outing. We were wrong… we quickly learned that Elephants are wary of unfamiliar objects and due to their highly sensitive hearing, they are almost impossible to sneak up on! Over the course of the trip, we learnt that the best way to photograph an elephant was to position the camera well in front of it and then let the animal approach in its own time. With this technique we enjoyed great success and managed to get some incredible photos of these colossal creatures.

More on DVice and Burrard-Lucas, via BotJunkie, via MAKE

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