Watch animals of all sizes attack, lick, befriend, and otherwise interact with electronic devices Photo: Dhyesley B. Gomes
Its a quiet week here at IEEE Spectrum, so we wanted to give loyal readers something fun to chew on. For an end-of-year treat, enjoy this photo-video compilation of animals interacting with gadgets.
With more electronic devices in the world than ever before, domestic and wild animals cant help but run up against these strange-looking objects in their daily lives. And how they react to a device says a lot about how they perceive itas a type of food, a potential threat, or a new friend.
In 2016, IEEE Spectrum contributing editor Evan Ackerman reported that the Dutch National Police was training eagles to capture problematic drones in mid-air. A few weeks ago, he found out the program was cancelled, partly because there just wasnt a lot of demand for the anti-drone eagle squad.Gif: Dutch National Police/Guard From Above/IEEE Spectrum
Earlier this year, Ackerman reviewed a 360-degree camera called the 360fly 4K. He brought the small, black, rounded camera on a snorkeling trip in the Galapagos Islands. It must have looked pretty tasty to this baby sea lion.Gif: Evan Ackerman
Also in the Galapagos Islands, Ackerman captured this curious Komodo dragon, which uses its forked tongue to smell, licking the camera....