Pigeons trained to drop artillery from the sky paved the way for the modern touch screen.
During World War II, the US Navy and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) trained the birds to peck at screens in the nose of gliders so the military could drop bombs without sending humans into dangerous territory.
The conductive touchscreen display technology the pigeons used is now in phones, tablets, wearables, laptops, and other devices – and has been revealed in a new video.
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During World War II, the US Navy and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) trained the birds to peck at screens in the nose of gliders so the military could drop bombs without sending humans into dangerous territory
Without satellite and GPS, the bombs available during this era were 'dumb,' meaning once dropped, they could be moved by the wind.
In order to successfully hit targets, pilots had to fly low to the ground – this was dangerous and increased th..
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