The first of six episodes in the Alien Empire series, Hardware explores the intricate micro-architecture of insects. Examining the 'design' of some of the billions of bugs that share our planet, this half hour programme allows a unique glimpse into insect engineering, looking at their external skeleton, wings, sensors and learning capabilities. Incredible photography, graphics and time-lapse techniques investigate how these agile creatures become airborne, seemingly defying the conventional laws of flight. From the beautiful blues, greens and reds of jewel beetles to close-up footage of a moon moth emerging from its cocoon, this WNET/BBC co-production provides a fascinating insight into the sophisticated miniature world of insects.
Since the dawn of time they have been in conflict with the human race: invading our homes, building sophisticated colonies and using high-tech weapons. Mankind is slowly losing this War of the Worlds against the ultimate Alien, The Insect. Alien Empire shows how well equipped they are for the fight. Their skeleton is a design miracle, their incredible communication systems include on board sensors and transmitters for emitting sound and light signals and their societies are fantastically organized. Alien Empire draws on the latest techniques in robotics and artificial intelligence, along with state-of-the-art computer animation and graphics to straightscopes and endoscopes shrink the viewer to allow a fascinating in-depth view of the insect kingdom. This NATURE’S miniseries takes you into the bizarre, fascinating world of insects with amazing graphics. Show 1, “Hardware & Replicators,” takes a close look at insect design and examines their reproductive strategies. Show 2, “Battlezone & Metropolis” focuses on the constant war that insects wage for food and the complex habitats and social relationships they create. And Show 3, “Voyagers & War of the Worlds,” charts insect migration and explores the ways insects and humans wage war — and occasionally cooperate.