Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009 Technology

Researchers Turn Insects Into Remote-control Cyborg Bugs


Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, implanted tiny neural and muscle stimulation systems into small beetles, thus obtaining the possibility to control the insects.

It is worth mentioning that at the pupal stage scientists implanted the electrodes and then linked them to remote control devices. They installed a microcontroller and a tiny battery on the dorsal thorax of each insect. The microcontroller transmits certain electrical signals through the implanted electrodes.

To create their first prototype cyborg beetle, researchers used live Coleopteran as an insect platform. By using the cyborg beetle system, researchers were able to control the insect's initiation, cessation, elevation and left/right turns during the beetle's flight, reports Discovery News.

The project is funded by the government and is expected to find a wide use in the military field, where scientists would develop military cyborg beetles that would work as spies.

Posted by Stew

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